Increase security on you system using standard accounts
Standard accounts offer better security because they are more restrictive than the admin accounts. However, because standard accounts are more restrictive, people might shy away from the idea of using them regularly.
Switching from Administrative Accounts to Standard User Accounts
Computer security is put at risk when an individual uses an administrative account to accomplish day-to-day tasks. Administrative accounts are best used for installing applications, adjusting settings, and reconfiguring the system. When an individual uses an admin account on an everyday basis, a malware attack will have easy access to their system’s application folder, library folders and other aspects available specifically to the administrator.
Whether you use Windows or Mac OS X, standard accounts offer better security because they are more restrictive than the admin accounts. However, because standard accounts are more restrictive, people might shy away from the idea of using them regularly. Really, there is not much inconvenience to using a standard account on a regular basis instead of an admin account. Although some people might think it’s more of a hassle if they want to make system changes, it’s not since the computer usually prompts for certification if administrative permission is needed. When looking at the importance of online security in these times, it feels like the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to using standard accounts.
Setting up a standard account is fairly easy to do. If you’ve recently purchased a computer, most shops offer computer set-up for your system, or you can create standard and admin accounts on your own. It’s important to remember to do this right from the beginning, since creating a standard account, when you’ve been using an admin account for a long period of time, can be a bit tricky and much more time consuming. If you’ve been primarily using an admin account, creating the standard account will require that you reconfigure all your settings, programs and online services, not to mention move all your data.
The best way to side-step reconfiguring everything is to simply switch your admin account to a standard account by demoting it. To demote your current admin account, you will need to create a new admin account. Once you’ve created the new account, go ahead and log out of your old one. Once you are logged in under the new admin account, go to account system preferences and select your old admin account. With your old account selected, uncheck the option that allows that account to administer. Next, decide whether or not it would be best to set an admin password or not. A good reason to set a password is to ensure that, when your computer wants to modify your system files or settings, you actually stop to consider what it is you’re allowing. Most of us get rather click happy, so having a password as an extra obstacle may be advantageous to some. This way, if you get a prompt for administrative permission, and you weren’t downloading or modifying anything, you’ll have that extra chance to question where the prompt came from, and if it’s a virus or malware.
In some cases, a computer may only have standard accounts and lack an admin account entirely. This could occur because something went wrong during a system restoration or something similar. This situation will require some special attention, and if you lack the know-how, it may be best to find a computer repair shop, or technician to help you through the process.