User Accounts and Family Safety
Do you know where Windows stores passwords and login details that you save when using this operating system? For example, you access a network share and you type a username and password, in order to access it. When you do that, Windows stores those details for later use. It does that in a hidden desktop app named Credential Manager. Here is how to find this app, how to see which credentials are stored by Windows and how to manage them:
Many people hate passwords because they are long, hard to remember, they have to be complex and so on. To keep your security at a decent level and make it faster for you to sign in, Microsoft has created several authentication methods for Windows 10. You can use your user account password, and you can also create a short PIN to sign in or a picture password on which you draw quick gestures. Here’s how to create a PIN and a picture password, and how to use them to log into Windows 10:
Most people are not the only users of their computers and devices. Whether you have a little brother or a little sister, or one of your grandparents wants to experience the new world of technology, because they are not familiar with these devices, they could cause real damage to your operating system. For this situation and many other circumstances, Windows 10 allows you to create a separate user account for each user so that each has their files, settings, and apps. If your Windows 10 computer has multiple user accounts on it, here’s how to switch between user accounts in just a couple of seconds:
For reasons known only to Microsoft, they decided to remove the Guest account from Windows 10. As of July 2015, starting with build 10159, this feature is gone from Windows 10, without much of an explanation from Microsoft. Even though this feature is removed from Windows 10, you will find several websites promising multiple ways of enabling the Guest account in Windows 10. The trouble is that all these methods don’t work or they work but they create a standard local user account, instead of a real Guest account. Here’s why the most popular solutions on the web don’t work, what happens when you “enable” the Guest account in Windows 10 and how to clean up the problems you’ve generated for yourself when doing so:
A few years ago, we published a guide about unlinking your Skype ID from your Microsoft account. It was very popular with our readers, and it provided them with real help. However, as of early 2017, it stopped working because Microsoft has silently changed things, without an official blog post of any kind. Today, unlinking your Skype ID from your Microsoft account seems like Mission Impossible. However, we did some research, and we have help for you. Here it is:
Having multiple user accounts logged in on your Windows 10 computer can make swapping between them faster, but it can also waste system resources as your computer is forced to maintain two separate environments in memory. If you want the chance to weigh the benefits of this action against the costs, the Task Manager can help. Check out the Users tab to view which user accounts are logged in and see how much of your resources are being used to maintain them. You can also use this tool to close the apps opened by another user or even log them out. Let’s see how it works.
Microsoft has introduced a new way of signing into your Microsoft account that doesn’t involve typing your password. All you have to do is approve the sign in on your smartphone, after entering your email address. This feature works when using the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android and iOS. Here’s how to stop using passwords for your Microsoft account and rely on your smartphone instead:
Security is essential in any digital environment, so to make it easier for users to manage permissions and other user accounts, Windows offers a useful feature called user groups. Although it may seem a bit intimidating at first, this feature is not that hard to understand and use, and it might just save you a lot of time and energy when managing multiple accounts. Let's get into some more detail and see what user groups are and how you can use them to your advantage, on any computer with Windows:
Just as with any other operating system, to use a Windows computer or device, you need a user account. This is one of those concepts that a lot of us take for granted and we believe we know what it is and what it does. But do you know everything there is to know? This guide will share the detailed definition of the user account, the username, and their attributes. You will also learn how to list all the user accounts that exist on any system with Windows and how to see which users are signed in at the same time.
Since Windows 10 is now one of the most used operating systems in the world, we thought it would be useful and informative to take a closer look at how it uses Microsoft accounts. As we all know, when you add a user account to Windows 10, you get to choose between using a local offline account or a Microsoft online account. The idea behind this setup is that if you want to take advantage of all the new Windows 10 features and modern apps, you are required to use a Microsoft online account. This creates a rift between the two types of user experiences and it’s frustrating for the people who like and want to use local offline accounts and don’t want to be beholden to an online account. It seems however that Microsoft is not that deaf to users’ needs and expectations. Hence the latest versions of Windows 10, including Creators Update, come with a more relaxed policy on user accounts. Let's try to understand what the differences are between these two types of accounts in Windows.