user-level security

Definition of user-level security in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is user-level security?

User-level Security is a mode of security on computers running Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98 that protects shared folders and printers by requiring that users be authenticated by the network’s security provider. The security provider can be a Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 domain controller or a Novell NetWare server, depending on which network client the computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98 has installed.

How User-Level Security Works

Windows 95 and Windows 98 use pass-through authentication for granting client requests for shared resources on the computer:

  1. A remote client attempts to access a share on the computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98, passing it the user’s credentials.
  2. The computer forwards the user’s credentials to the network security provider.
  3. The security provider verifies the credentials and informs the computer.
  4. The computer grants the user the specified level of access to the share, depending on the user’s account and group memberships.

Use the Network utility in Control Panel to enable user-level security on a computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98.

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