Setting numerous XP security features is made much easier with this helpful utility, but a default setting may confuse some users. XP Protectors' simple file-tree style menu and check-box settings menu is logically arranged and easy to navigate. A wizard, quick tutorial, and short Help manual more than adequately explain this application to experienced users. Setting security features is not for novices and the faint of heart, though.
XP Protector's opening wizard displays all found user accounts. Unfortunately, a default setting to hide certain accounts may confuse users when no accounts are displayed. Enabling display of those accounts is easily set under Preferences, but the option should be on by default. The demo controls the settings of a maximum of two accounts, and there's no method to choose which accounts. Nevertheless, it's easy to learn the app by scrolling through the account's user settings. The program often offers an easy toggle between basic and advanced views. The latter offers detailed control over many options.
Any system administrator familiar with setting policies will recognize the items this utility sets. XP Protector handles restrictions for log-on, policies, Start menu, Internet, programs, groups, and NT accounts. Most options are set with simple check-box toggles, but there are a few pull-down menus and text boxes. The interface doesn't include tooltips, but each screen includes helpful information. Setting export and import functions make it easy to apply settings to numerous accounts and machines.
Setting policies isn't always intuitive. Experienced users and system administrators will find that XP Protector makes the process much easier.
XP-Protector provides easy and comprehensive access to many security features of Windows XP and 2000 systems, so that home users without experience with administering computers can take advantage of their improved security features. You can: create/delete accounts, restrict logon time for users, simply define file/folder access rights, disable access to diskette, CD-ROM, restrict access to system features, and change group membership. Programs that user is allowed to run can be restricted--based on day of week and time of day.
Version 1.3 improves user interface with more wizards, features account overview with password analysis, new remote commands, and improved restrictions on running programs.