Computer Security

Administrator Or Limited User Account , Security Is The Question

When setting up your computer you really should have 2 accounts.

  • An Administrator account ( Windows 7 ,Vista & XP , Apple)
  • A Limited User Account ( XP ) Standard User  (Windows 7 , Vista , Apple)

Then for your day to day activities you should run in limited / standard user which will avoid you installing or running unwanted programs and applications that you

Malware and Spyware require you to run in Administration mode as they need to access system files hence running in Limited will enable you to avoid activating these programs.

In Windows 7 & Vista the UAC is turned on and should be left on so that unauthorised changes to your computer are monitored.

if you have the 2 accounts you can also check if you experience software issues by swapping form one account to the other.

When setting up your computer you really should have 2 accounts.

  • An Administrator account ( Windows 7 ,Vista & XP , Apple)
  • A Limited User Account ( XP ) Standard User  (Windows 7 , Vista , Apple)

Then for your day to day activities you should run in limited / standard user which will avoid you installing or running unwanted programs and applications that you have downloaded.

Virus / Malware require you to run in Administrator mode as they need to access system files , hence running in Limited will enable you to avoid activating these programs.

In Windows 7 & Vista the UAC is turned on and should be left on so that unauthorised changes to your computer are monitored.

This may be viewed by some as a nuisance by some but is a security measure you should follow.

If you have the 2 accounts you can also check if you experience software issues by swapping from one account to the other.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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