This article is Part 3 of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide. This article discusses the new Security Center.
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 2Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2Part 3: The new Security CenterPart 4: Automatic UpdatesPart 5: Virus protectionPart 6: Windows FirewallPart 7: Protecting against buffer overflowsPart 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook ExpressPart 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 3: The new Security Center
The 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 Center
The Security Center is very easy to use.
Click the security icon on the taskbar, or click Start, select Control Panel, and then double-click Security Center.
Checking security settings
After 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.
Green Current settings are okay. The computer is protected. You do not have to take action.
Yellow Current settings are okay. However, you should verify that the security features on the computer are up to date.
Red Current settings may be faulty. The computer is probably at risk.
If 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.
You can manually display or hide the details at any time. Just click the corresponding status bar.
How to modify the security settings
If 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.
For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889735 Better security with Service Pack 2(Part 1)
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