Windows Vista locks out USB
Microsoft Vista adds another level of security targeted at limiting USB connectivity. The new feature will drive end-users mad and seems more like a tool to keep the honest people honest – after all, if a hacker wants to hack, they’ll hack. The Vista utility gives an IT department complete control over what and who plugs into their computers via USB. Not a bad idea as identity theft is on the rise and a 4GB flash drive could grab tens of thousands of customer’s personal information. Since data theft and virus/trojan infected flash media is a huge concern for corporate customers, Microsoft is expected to make a big splash with this feature.
And in true Microsoft fashion their utility, pre-loaded on the OS, will surely hurt some 3rd party utilities already available (sorry M-Systems) but having the USB limit feature existing in the Windows Group Policy system makes it easy to manage on a network wide level. Here is how the system can limit the USB connection:
Since the Group Policy is the tool for control you can create filters based off group memberships with in Vista. Overall this is a great feature to eliminate 99% of the potential problems, but as with anything a hacker will hack and it’s just a matter of time.
- Only install pre approved devices
- Prevent users from installing all together
- Control the read and write functions on the system
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