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If you're sharing a computer with other people, one way to ensure security is to give each of those people their own user accounts. That way they'll log in with their own user names and passwords. Have access to their own libraries, not yours, for example. And you can also set up certain restrictions. And that's what we're going to do right now. From the start screen, let's access our PC settings using the keyboard shortcut Windows+I. Next we'll click Change PC Settings because it's over here on the left where you'll see a category labeled Accounts.
Click there. There are three sub categories here. By default, you're looking at your own account. You'll see your own email address that you use to log in. You could change your picture by taking a picture or choosing a different picture using Browse or People. There are some sign in options that we'll be talking about later on in this chapter. For passwords and PINs for example. But down below is where we're going to go up to Other Accounts. When we click here you may not see any other accounts except this option to add an account. Now, I actually have a couple of other people who log in to this computer.
Notice they have administrator levels on a local account and, if I wanted to, I could go to any of those to edit them by selecting them. I see Edit or actually remove them totally. Or, if you want you can add new accounts by clicking the plus sign. Let's do that. Now, typically you're going to sign in with an email address. Like a Microsoft account, a Windows Live, a Hotmail account for example. And you would type that in here. If they don't have one, you could sign up for a new email address for this person. Or you could actually make it a local account by going down to the bottom and signing in without a Microsoft account.
Now in this case, you can see there are two options for signing in. Signing into PCs with your email address obviously lets you do things like download apps from the store and get your online content in the Microsoft Apps section automatically, sync settings. With a local account, you have to create a user name and account for each PC that you use. You'll need a Microsoft account to download apps, so you might have to set that up anyways. And your settings won't be synced across multiple PCs, tablets, smartphones, for example. That's okay. Lets go down to Local Account, just to set one up.
So we have a username here, I'm going to type in Karen. Now we set up a password, I'm going to give her a password. That you don't see unless you click the eye icon. And since you don't see it you're prompted to re-enter that. You can also give a hint down below. And click Next. Now at this point you can see you've added a user. Here it is, Karen, a local account. If this is a child I can click the check box next to, is this a child's account? That way I'll have family safety options turned on for me and I can get reports of PC use.
Now I can go back at anytime and change an account to a child account. We'll be talking about this a little bit later on as well. I'm going to leave it unchecked for now andl click Finish. And you'll notice I now have another local account this time, another user that I can click if I wanted to go in here and edit that account, I could. Notice by default they're a standard user. Click the drop-down, and you'll see that we could change it to Child if we wanted to, or even make them an Administrator, giving them access to all the Admin tools so they could create user accounts, for example.
I'm going to leave it as a standard user and click OK and that's one way to enforce security. Now when Karen goes to use the computer I'll make sure I log off first and she'll be able to log in with her account and not mine unless she knows my user name and password, which of course I wouldn't share. So let's click the Back button, back to our PC settings. We'll press the Windows key on the keyboard to return to the Start screen. And that's how you can set up separate user accounts and restrict access, ensuring Windows security, here in Windows 8.1.
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