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How can we secure a Windows 98 machine for a blind employee?

We have a blind employee who can only use his screen reader with a Windows 98 computer. We are mandated by federal law to remove all Windows 98 machines and replace them with XPs for security. We would like to explore some options for possibly networking the employee's XP and Windows 98 computers in a manner that would allow for file sharing and keep the network secure.

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Well, the best thing to do is to upgrade the OS from Windows 98 to XP as it offers a more granular level of security and features than the earlier versions of Windows like 98 or ME. But taking the above situation into picture, the best solution is to harden the Windows 98 box to provide a good level of security. Microsoft's Security Center of Excellence and Compliance Services published a threat mitigation guide for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 recognizing the business need of some organizations that have widely deployed these earlier versions or have some other reasons to run them. The guide provides all the details on hardening the Windows 98 PC and how to securely network with other clients. It also includes tools and templates to help configure port filters and IP tuning parameters.

This was first published in April 2006

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