About weak settings of the operating system
October 3, 2023
When you are working with a computer, operating system settings can be changed as a result of your actions or the actions of applications that you run. Changing the operating system settings can pose a risk to the security of your computer. For example, if automatic sign-in with the current user name and password is enabled in the browser, a third-party website can intercept your password.
Weak settings in the operating system can be divided into two types:
- Critical settings. Such settings are equated with vulnerabilities of the operating system.
- Recommended settings. You are advised to fix these settings to improve the security of the operating system.
By default, the application scans for weak settings of the operating system at least once a day. If the application detects weak settings in the operating system, it prompts you to fix them to restore the security of the operating system. For details about each weak setting, click the link next to the relevant setting in the application window.
You can click the link in the notification window to go to the Weak Settings Scan window that displays the weak settings detected in the operating system. Information about weak settings is also displayed in the Notification Center. You can proceed to view and fix the weak settings from the Notification Center.
In the Weak Settings Scan window, you can perform the following actions:
- Fix weak settings in the operating system.
- Ignore: Leave weak settings of the operating system unchanged.
- Cancel: Restore previously fixed weak settings of the operating system to their original state.
The application identifies weak settings of the operating system for all user accounts on your computer. You can fix weak settings for other user accounts on the computer only if you have logged in to the operating system under an administrator account.
If you are not an administrator of the computer, you can ignore weak settings only for your own user account. Only a computer administrator can ignore weak settings of all user accounts.
You can remotely manage the protection of your computer and send a command to fix weak settings from My Kaspersky.