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Is the Win8 Guest user profile account unsafe to use?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Is the Win8 Guest user profile account unsafe to use?


    I was told to never use the Guest user account as it was not safe to use. I was told that I should open up another standard account without a password.

    What have you learned and how good do you feel about the source of this info?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello rfharbin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Actually a standard account has more rights than a guest account, so creating a standard account that's not password protected is a lot more unsecure.

    If you want someone to have temporary access to your computer, you can turn on the guest account. People using the guest account can't install software or hardware, change settings, or create a password unlike they could in a standard account.
    Instead, I would recommend to either create a standard account with a password, or turn off the guest account when it's no longer needed say after your house guest leaves.

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    Thanks, that explains a lot. I should have no fear of letting everyone use the guest account in my circumstances then as the laptop will be in my house always and The only person I want to be able to have more privileges is me in my password protected administrative account. My wife, kids and grand-kids and me will be using the computer Guest account almost all the time.
    Unless of course you have a reason to advise me not to do so.

    Thanks
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    No objections from me. That sounds like a good plan to prevent them from being able to do anything that could adversely affect the computer.
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