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 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.

Adelaide Techguy

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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