Windows® 7 Administrator Account
What is Windows 7 administrator account? Discuss ways to secure it.
Administrator account of Windows 7 is the main account of the Operating System that controls all the core settings. Windows 7 mainly contains 3 basic account types. They are administrator, standard user, and guest. Administrator account is the most powerful. This account has the power to change or modify all files, change Windows settings, manage other user settings etc. A standard user account is the basic account. This can’t change the main system setting and can’t control other accounts. So Windows 7 administrator account is so important and need to be secured. When there is an attack from malware or any other threats they first try to take control over the administrator account so that they can control the whole system. The administrator account of the Windows 7 is a hidden type account. Because of its hidden nature basic users are not generally aware of this account type. Also, this account does not come in boot up list. There are several ways to make this account visible. Windows 7 users are advised to use standard account instead of administrator account for more security by Microsoft. You can set the control setting for every account in administrator account and for your day-to-day use if you are using the standard account you can secure your Operating System from external and internal attacks.
Following are the tips on how to secure your Windows 7 administrator account:
- Use standard user account
- Hide administrator account
- Don't give full control to other accounts
Use standard user account
The best way to secure Windows 7 administrator account is by the use of standard user account. You can set the control settings in administrator account for the standard user accounts. These control settings include change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer etc. By giving the control you want to use in your daily task, you can use standard user account instead of administrator account.
Hide administrator account
Hiding Windows 7 administrator account from others view is another important method for securing administrator account. By default, Windows 7 administrator account is in hidden mode. If an user wants to enable it there are options for it. But, remember to hide this account after enabling it. This is because when the administrator account is visible your Operating System will be more insecure. For enabling administrator account go to command prompt and run the command net user administrator /active:yes and for disabling the same, run the command net user administrator /active:no.
If you are using standard user account or guest account, using a strong password to it and not assigning too many controls for these accounts are the main methods for securing your Windows 7 administrator account. There are chances for others to use your computer and if you are giving full control to user standard account others can also install or access your files and can do anything. For preventing these, when necessary, use your administrator account instead of giving full control to your standard user account.
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