Howdy Pro+Tech Subscribers,
Most security incidents involving computers are related to using an account with Administrator privileges as your primary account. We feel that fixing this risk is so important that we are offering to sort it out for Pro+Tech subscribers for free.
Our system will alert us if you have your accounts misconfigured. We do not need you to take any action on your computer to complete this process. We only need your approval. One of our technicians will contact you by phone. I always advise that if you do not trust the person you are talking to on the phone that you should hang up immediately and independently verify the caller's contact information.
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How The Process Works
There are a few options for our Pro+Tech subscribers.
Option 1 involves a technician creating a Windows Administrator account and password for you. For this option you can tell us the account name and password that you would like or we can create a secure password for you.
Option 2 involves a technician launching a pop up on your computer that allows you to enter in a new Administrator account username and password. We have no access to the password create through this method; however we can easily reset your password for you if you lose it,
Option 3 is you decline this service. We will note it in your account and send you an email with the risks of having your accounts configured improperly and how to fix it yourself if you would like. We do not recommend this option, but you have the right to configure your device as you please. Our goal is to encourage you to make an informed decision.
More Information About Why Windows Account Privelages Matter
Account privileges determine the level of access and control a user has over the system. Windows offers different types of user accounts with varying privileges, such as Administrator, Standard, and Guest accounts. Administrators have the highest level of privileges, allowing them to install or uninstall software, change system settings, and manage other user accounts. Standard users, on the other hand, can run applications and perform everyday tasks but have limited access to system settings and resources. Guest accounts have the most restricted access, designed for temporary or occasional users who should not have any control over the system.
Understanding and managing Windows account privileges is essential to protect your system from unauthorized access and potential threats. It is recommended to create and use a Standard user account for daily tasks, as it prevents accidental changes to crucial system settings and minimizes the risk of malware infection. Administrator accounts should be reserved for system maintenance or software installations, and passwords should be strong and regularly updated. By properly managing account privileges, you can ensure that your system remains secure, stable, and efficient while preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to sensitive data or compromising the integrity of your computer.
What To Do If You Are Not a Pro+Tech Subscriber
Thank you for considering these options. Even though this will use up a lot of our technicians time, I have developed an efficient and partially automated system for them to help you. I developed the process and the interactions to be efficient and simple because I would like 100% of our Pro+Tech subscribers to make these changes. This is also why we are offering to make the account changes free of charge to existing and future subscribers.
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I agree with everything Ted wrote. I will be making sure this process goes smoothly and helping our technicians assist you.
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This article was authored with the assistance of artificial intelligence and has been reviewed by Ted Saxton, a co-owner of Small Town Tech.
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