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One change that instantly makes your computer safer

One change that instantly makes your computer safer

Here at Komando.com, we talk a lot of about ways to keep hackers from slipping viruses on to your system. Whether it's by avoiding suspicious attachments and links in phishing emails, keeping your browser and plug-ins updated to close security holes, or having security software installed, the name of the game is to keep threats at arm's length.

However, at some point a virus is going to arrive on your system. You might not have spotted the fake email, maybe a security update didn't come through fast enough, or perhaps a guest on your computer downloaded something they shouldn't have. Security software can help keep you safe, but there's one other change you can make to your computer right now that will shut most hackers and viruses down before they can get going.

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You can find the clue to this trick in any Microsoft security bulletin that addresses a flaw related to hackers attacking you remotely. You'll see this line: "An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user."

In short, your safety depends on your user rights, or to put it another way, what type of Windows account you're using. In case you didn't know, and many people don't, there are two main types of account you can set up on a Windows computer: administrator and standard. The one you choose determines how much control you have over your computer's features, and how much security you have.

Stick around because we're going to tell you how to pick the right account for you, and get it set up right on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

Next page: What each type of account does
 
 
 
 
 
 
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