Privacy settings help you protect the privacy of all users of a shared computer. The Privacy Settings options in the Set Computer Restrictions dialog box in Windows SteadyState include:
- Do not display user names in the Log On
to Windows dialog box
Selecting this option helps to ensure that the User name box in the Log On to Windows dialog box appears blank when a user logs off. When not selected, the name of the last user to log on appears in the User name box.
Part of providing privacy to your users is helping to ensure that user names do not appear in the User name box when a user logs off. Although the computer has shared user profiles, you may also have private accounts on the computer for other users.
- Prevent locked or roaming user profiles
that cannot be found on the computer from logging on
Typically, when a user logs on to a computer for the first time, Windows XP and Windows Vista will generate a profile for that user. Selecting this option in Set Computer Restrictions in Windows SteadyState will prevent users without an existing profile from logging on.
- Do not cache copies of locked or roaming
user profiles for users who have previously logged on to this
Selecting this option helps to improve privacy and saves disk space. A roaming user profile is one that resides on a networked system.
When a user of a roaming user profile logs onto a client computer on the network, Windows XP or Windows Vista copies the user’s profile onto the client computer. Windows SteadyState prevents Windows XP or Windows Vista from saving roaming user profiles on the local computer, which saves disk space and prevents shared users from accessing profile files that contain private information.