To view the other topics of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.
The Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Better security with Service Pack 2 Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2 Part 3: The new Security Center Part 4: Automatic Updates Part 5: Virus protection Part 6: Windows Firewall Part 7: Protecting against buffer overflows Part 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express Part 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 3: The new Security CenterThe Security Center monitors a computer for faulty settings or shortfalls that pose a security threat. The Security Center verifies whether a firewall is enabled, evaluates the Automatic Updates configuration, and makes sure that the virus protection program is functioning correctly.
If Windows detects a security risk, a warning message is displayed. This lets you act immediately to enhance security.
How to open the Security CenterThe Security Center is very easy to use.
Checking security settingsAfter you have open the Security Center, you can verify the security settings. Entries are marked red, yellow, or green to help you evaluate the situation.
Current settings are okay. The computer is protected. You do not have to take action.
Current settings are okay. However, you should verify that the security features on the computer are up to date.
Current settings may be faulty. The computer is probably at risk.
Detailed informationIf a fault is detected, detailed information is displayed automatically. In the example, the Security Center is satisfied with the enabled firewall. However, Automatic Updates still requires input from the user, and there is no virus protection software installed.
NoteYou can manually display or hide the details at any time. Just click the corresponding status bar.
How to modify the security settingsIf it is required, you can modify the security settings from the Security Center. Click the appropriate link in the Manage security settings for section. This means you do not have to use Control Panel to modify settings. You only have to configure virus protection separately.
889736 Installing Service Pack 2 (Part 2)
889738 Automatic Updates (Part 4)
889739 Virus protection (Part 5)
889740 Windows Firewall (Part 6)
889741 Protecting against buffer overflows (Part 7)
889742 Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express (Part 8)
889743 Uninstalling Service Pack 2 (Part 9)
Article ID: 889737 - Last Review: 23 Oct 2008 - Revision: 1