Sharing your computer–keep files safe with user accounts

Letting your child use your computer can be fun, but it’s also important to protect your files. Here’s how separate user accounts can be your digital security blanket:

  • Separate Accounts, Separate Worlds: Most operating systems allow creating different user accounts. This gives your child their own space without access to your files.
  • Limited Access, More Control: Each account can have different permission levels. This lets you limit what your child can do, like installing programs or changing settings.
  • Guarding Your Files: With separate accounts, your child can’t accidentally (or purposefully!) delete or modify your important files.

But what if you don’t use separate accounts?

Here are some extra security tips:

  • Security Settings on Lock: Review your security settings and limit functionality within your account. This might involve restricting downloads or website access.
  • No Saved Passwords: Avoid letting your browser remember passwords or other personal information. This keeps sensitive data out of reach.
  • Virus Protection Up-to-Date: Always keep your antivirus software updated to protect your computer from malware, even if you share it.

A few minutes setting up separate accounts or adjusting security settings can save you a lot of headaches later. Keep your files safe and share your computer with confidence!