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You just bought a brand new PC. To configure it, you had to create an "administrator" account. Warning: by logging in on a regular basis with this type of account, you open the door wide to an invasion. As a result, files essential to the proper functioning of your device could be destroyed in the event of malware infection.

However, there is a simple way to avoid disaster: create and use a user account daily rather than an administrator account. "A ransomware could still lock your data, but not that of other people who use the computer. In addition, by being logged in as a user, you limit the system's exposure to malware, "explains Alexis Dorais-Joncas, a researcher in the Montreal laboratory of the computer security company ESET. This simple action greatly reduces the risk of serious, even irreparable, damage to your “central nervous system”.

In addition to creating a user account for yourself, make one for each person who uses your computer. Each of them can then manage their preferences (wallpaper, bookmarks, etc.) and their folders (documents, photos, music, etc.). Don't you want your kids to go anywhere on the Internet? You will only have to restrict access to certain content thanks to parental control.


Option A: you want to create an account for a child

1. Go to the menu Start> Settings> Accounts, then click Family and other users.

2. Click on Sign in with a Microsoft account. You will need to sign in with the email address you use on or Skype. If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can create one.

Then choose a PIN that will act as your password the next time you log on to your computer.

3. In the window Family and other users, click on Add a family member. Then select Add a child and enter their email address. If not, click on The person I want to add does not have an email address. You will then be asked to create one.

Option B: you want to create an account for an adult

Go to the menu Start> Settings> Accounts, then click Family and other users.

Under Other users, click on Add another user to this PC.

If you have multiple Windows devices

In the new window that opens, you can create a user account from an email address associated with a Microsoft account ("@", "@", etc.). The option is interesting if you have several devices (computers or tablets) running Windows 10. On each device, you will be able to log in with the same account to access your preferences (wallpaper, bookmarks, etc.) and your documents stored in the Microsoft cloud (OneDrive).

If you only have one Windows device

In this case, opt instead for a local account by clicking on I do not have this person's login information. At the bottom of the next window, click Add a user without a Microsoft account.

Choose a username and password. Then select three security questions (for example, "What was the name of your first pet?") And enter the answers. This will recover your password if you forget it.


To manage parental controls, under the user account, click on Manage family settings online. A window will open and prompt you to sign in to your Microsoft account. To the right of the notification Pending member, click on Accept now. You will then need to log into your child's account to agree to join the family group, and then log back into your own account.

You can now get reports of your child's activities on the computer (time spent on the device, applications used, etc.) and impose certain restrictions (for example, allow or block certain applications).

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