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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Protect Your Computer: Change the Last Username Entry

If you are using the classic logon screen, which you should be since it's more secure, then after a user logs on and later logs off, his or her username will be visible to the next person who sees the logon screen. To remove this security threat,

1. Go to Start->Run and type in "regedit".
2. Navigate to this location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
3. Find the dontdisplaylastusername entry.
4. Right click it and select Modify. Type in 1 as the value and click OK.

TechRepublic has some interesting customization suggestions that are more security theater than actual protection, but they might scare off less dedicated intruders.


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