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Rename The Built-In Accounts

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    Rename The Built-In Accounts

    I read on the Malwarebyte's blog that they suggest you disable the built in Administrator and Guest accounts for security reasons. Those reasons being that with them enabled, potential hackers already have 2 usernames guessed for them.

    But, I use the Guest account often on my home computer because I tend to have a lot of house guests. I don't usually disable the Administrator account either because I still use it on occasion.

    So, here is a small tutorial on how to rename those accounts for some added security if you can't disable them.

    1. Open the 'Run...' box.
    2. Type "secpol.msc" and press 'Enter' or 'OK'.
    3. Navigate to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
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    4. The 5th and 6th entries are the names of the Administrator and Guest accounts respectively.
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    5. Double click the entry for the account you want to rename and type the new name in the text box.
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    6. Press 'Enter' or 'Apply' and close the windows.

    Next time you try to login with the Guest or Administrator accounts, you will have to use the new username that you came up with.

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Rename The Built-In Accounts

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