Guests Using Your Computer

You have guests visiting you and they would like to use your computer. You fear they may access your files and do other wrongful things while on the Internet.

Such wrongful things could be bringing in viruses from their emails or spyware from spywares and reading or deleting your files. Your guests can also probe around your computer then somehow delete some files, change system settings, or view your files.

What can you do to protect your system?

Making sure you have a good security solution is definitely a very good thing. However, they can turn off your security or install PUP (Possible Unwanted Programs).

Computers have some features that can stop this problem before it starts. Windows have a Guest account. This allows people to use the computer without giving them the ability to see your files or change your settings. To turn on the Guest account in:

After you get to managing user accounts from one of the above items, select Guest Account from the menu and then check the box labeled "Allow guests to log into this computer." For even more security, check the box labeled "Enable Parental Controls."

Now there is a very important part that you need to do. You will need to password-protect your main account. Otherwise your guests may still go to into your account and snoop around or modify your settings. If you decide to do this, then go back to the User Account menu, choose your main account and select "Create a password for your account." Enter and confirm the password, then create a password hint. Finally, click the "Create Password" button. It is recommended to use strong passwords with the following as minimum:

Mac users have to create a password when they set up their account. If you desire to make your password a bit stronger, then do the following:

  1. Go to Apple Logo>>System Preferences>>Accounts
  2. Click the lock at the bottom of the window to change it.

To conclude, when you are done with your account, you log off as follows: