A. The Microsoft Personal Security Advisor (MPSA) is a Web application that uses an ActiveX plugin to perform security checks on Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 systems. The MPSA is available at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/mpsa/start.asp. MPSA checks include the following:

  • account password strength
  • password length
  • automatic logon
  • anonymous access
  • auditing
  • service packs
  • shares
  • file systems
  • services
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Outlook zones
  • Microsoft Office macro settings

The MPSA provides a solution and detailed implementation instructions for any problems the tool finds. Although Microsoft designed the MPSA for Win2K and NT machines, the application also works with Windows XP.