XyLoc patches security holes in Windows 95/98
- By Michelle Speir
- Mar 26, 2000
As an added bonus, XyLoc may be the key to resolving the seemingly irresolvable
tension between ease of access and security that has caused headaches for
many users of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 and Windows 98 operating systems.
As every administrator knows, Windows software, by its very design,
aims to streamline a user's access to network resources. Unfortunately,
the design allows unauthorized users to power on a computer running Windows
95/98 and hit the escape key or click the cancel button to obtain access
to the PC's desktop.
XyLoc addresses this security hole by adding a layer of security to
the Windows 95/98 boot sequence.
During the XyLoc installation, users can choose to enable Secure Logon
Protection for Windows 95/98. Upon first log-on, users are asked to enter
their XyLoc password and then their network log-in password.
From then on, the XyLoc Secure Login will take control of the log-in
sequence; it becomes the first and only screen users can log in to. XyLoc
will automatically log users into the Windows or Novell network upon authorization
of the XyLoc password.
Enabling the XyLoc Secure Login feature also automatically disables
the Safe Mode boot option offered by Windows 95/98, which closes another
security hole. However, a system can still be booted from a floppy disk
unless the boot sequence is changed.
To achieve the highest level of security with Windows 95/98, Ensure
Technologies recommends changing the boot sequence to disable booting from
a floppy and password-protecting the system BIOS. However, since Safe Mode
booting is no longer accessible, users should create a boot disk floppy
before enabling this security feature.