How To

How to enable your computer's built-in firewall

  • Mac
    • Open System Preferences and click Sharing.
    • Click Firewall, and then click Start.

 

How to remove local administrator rights

Using an account without local admin rights is a good thing! Following this method will allow you to perform all the tasks that you would normally do, but help prevent malicious software from being installed on your computer.

Important: Do not skip steps in this process! You must create an account with local administrative rights before making your everyday use account a standard user.

  • Windows XP
  1. Click on the start button in the lower right hand corner of your screen
  2. Select Settings, Control Panel
  3. Under "Control Panel" on the left, click on "Switch to Classic View." (You may already be in classic view--if so, go to the next step)
  4. Double click on the User Accounts icon
  5. Select Create a new account
  6. Enter a name for your Administrator Account, click next
  7. Select Computer administrator (this is the default)
  8. Click "Create Account"
  9. Click on the Account you just created, select "Create a password" (Note: every account needs to have a secure password--even accounts you don't use regularly!)
  10. Now click on the account you use everyday
  11. Click on "Change my account type"
  12. Select "Limited" then click "Change Account Type.
  13. Restart your computer to complete the account changes.
  • Windows Vista and 7
  1. Click on the round windows icon in the far lower left hand side of the screen
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Selet Add or remove user accounts under "User Account and Family Safety"
  4. Click Create a new account
  5. Enter an account name in the box, then select Administrator. Click Create Account
  6. Click on the icon for the new account you just created, and select create a password
  7. Enter a new passowrd in the password boxes and click "Create password" (Note: every account needs to have a secure password--even accounts you don't use regularly!)
  8. Now click on the account you use everyday
  9. Selet "Change the account type"
  10. Select "Standard user" then click the Chane Account Type button
  11. Restart your computer to complete the account changes.
  • Mac
  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of your screen
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Users and Groups
  4. Click the lock on the lower left hand corner of the preferences pane to make changes
  5. Authenticate using an administrator account
  6. Click the  + sign to add a new account
  7. Select "Administrator" and complete the form. Click on "Create User"
  8. Now click on your everyday account and uncheck the "allow user to administer this computer" box
  9. Restart your computer to complete the account changes.

Use your new administrator account when performing tasks such as installing software or setting up new hardware.

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