fbpx
253.777.0763    Get SUPPORT

Graemouse Technologies Blog

Tip of the Week: Use Admin Accounts to Control Your Network

Tip of the Week: Use Admin Accounts to Control Your Network

There are various types of user accounts that your employees and administrators can use to access their workstations, but one of the biggest points of contention to consider when planning out data access is the use of administrator accounts. Specifically, you want to avoid handing out administrator account access to users like it’s Halloween candy.

What’s the Big Deal?
You would think that assigning administrator accounts would prevent users from making poor choices with your data. The main difference between the two is that administrator accounts have many more privileges compared to the traditional account used by the average user. In fact, a traditional account is much safer to use unless you actually need administrator access to perform a certain task. Ordinarily, a normal user account can’t install software or mess around with important files in the system, but this isn’t necessarily the case for an administrator account.

Admin accounts are essentially the most powerful account on your computer. They have the permissions to perform just about any role on your PC. It’s the same role that your IT department uses to make any significant changes to your devices during updates and general maintenance. Every computer needs to have at least one admin account found on it, but if access from untrained users is allowed, they could make changes to important files needed for the computer to run properly.

Why You Should Limit Admin Account Use
While it might make sense to have admin permissions if you’re the only one who uses your computer, this is simply not the case on a managed network. There are security problems associated with using an admin account as your primary device account. What happens if your account gets compromised by some sort of malware? It’s simple; the malware will install on your admin account and be able to make any changes it wants to any of the important files only accessible by your admin account. While more permissions as the device owner might sound ideal, it only makes it easier for threats to leave a lasting effect on a device.

Standard accounts have more limited permissions, meaning that if they are compromised in any fashion, they will be more limited in the amount of damage they can cause. It’s for this reason that it’s best to limit administrator accounts as often as possible, as there is no guarantee you will never fall victim to such attacks.

To minimize the chance of your business’ endpoints falling prey to attacks, you should implement proactive measures against the countless possibilities out there--including a compromised admin account. To learn more about how your business can protect itself, reach out to us at 253.777.0763.

The New Version of Chrome has Interesting Changes
VoIP Can Bring A Lot of Value
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, July 18 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Remote Worker Cybersecurity BDR Data Breach Wi-Fi Update Net Neutrality Sports Smartphone VoIP IBM Tech Term Productivity Downtime Windows Avoiding Downtime Operating System Telephone Systems Data Security Malware Hosted Solutions Voice over Internet Protocol Outlook Digital Signage Hosted Computing WiFi Augmented Reality Employer-Employee Relationship Efficiency Access Control Private Cloud Cloud Managed IT Services Travel Managing Stress Identity Theft Remote Monitoring Quick Tips Windows 10 Emergency Start Menu Productivity Internet of Things Cabling Networking Encryption Information Virtual Assistant Government Data Backup Saving Money Content Management Vulnerability Network Security Data Entertainment IT Plan IT Management Browser Google Data Storage Computers Value Users FCC Network Phishing Internet Exlporer Software Tips Windows 7 Managed Service Mobile Devices Infrastructure HIPAA Managed IT Services Innovation Software as a Service Social Media Servers OneNote Communication Spam Collaboration Google Docs Education VPN Display Paperless Office Unsupported Software Social Botnet Money Microsoft Business Android Software Email Outsourced IT Business Intelligence Spam Blocking Automation Mobile Device Google Drive Passwords Specifications Comparison Hardware Business Management IT Services BYOD App Document Management Meetings How To Bring Your Own Device Remote Computing Upgrade User Tips Internet Microsoft Office Telephone System Cache Cast IT Support Hackers Electronic Medical Records Bandwidth Two-factor Authentication Public Cloud Warranty Smart Tech Computer Security Small Business Cybercrime Computer Fan Mobile Device Management Employee Smartphones Staff Training Search Engine eWaste ROI Website Data Recovery Relocation Virtualization Social Engineering Keyboard Artificial Intelligence Law Enforcement Tip of the Week Best Practices Communications Evernote Files 5G Database Miscellaneous Chrome Safety Server Applications Ransomware Save Money Managed IT Redundancy Backup Word Facebook Business Computing Business Continuity Gadgets Alert Health Telephony Office 365 Router Connectivity Workplace Tips Machine Learning Holiday Data Protection Apps CES Disaster Recovery Password Cryptocurrency Blockchain Fraud Technology Settings Current Events Hiring/Firing Privacy Human Resources Scam Windows 10 Cloud Computing

Newsletter Sign Up