How To Let Someone Use Your Computer Without Accessing Your Stuff
By giving someone access to your computer, they can get to your saved passwords, email accounts and all files as well as more. Instead of worrying or getting anxious when giving someone your computer use your operating systems guest account feature.
Guest’s accounts are on all desktop operating systems including windows, Mac to chrome and other distributions. On windows the guest account is not enabled through default, so you have to go and search for it.
Why Use Guest Account
Using a guest account is a good idea especially for temporary guest users as they are only going to use it from time to time. The guest account which comes in the desktop gives your guest limited access which makes you at ease to leave them to it on your computer and let them do what they wish. They are able to browse the web without getting access to all your passwords, documents, emails, history and everything else.
With guests account you are not able to install software, connect hardware devices, change system settings or even make a password for the guest account. The most harm guest accounts can do is shut down your computer.
A guest account allows the person to browse the web and use all the normal applications. This enables the person to feel like they are getting full access to the computer without you getting worried about personal information getting leaked. Let’s say someone you trust fully wants to use your computer so because you trust them they won’t need to use a guest account. However, they go on and want to check their email, once on the web they try and sign in but your already signed in. They then have access to your emails because you forgot to sign out and now they need to. You can avoid all of this by using a guest account.
How To Enable Guest Accounts
Enabling the guest account in windows 7 and 8 is different than enabling it for windows 10. With windows 7 and 8 enabling the guest account is straight forward. All you need to do is from the desktop; go on the start menu and type “user accounts”, click this and then click “Manage another account”. Click “Guest.” If the guest account feature is disabled, click “Turn On.”
However, with windows 10 this feature is hidden. The reason for this is because Microsoft would like you to have data security and also because they want everyone to use official Microsoft accounts. By enabling the guest account requires admin access. Once enabled it will appear on a separate user account in the bottom left corner of the screen, anyone is able to log into this account after booting your computer. You are able to log out of your user account or use switch user to stay logged in and keep your programs open and account locked while the other person is using the guest account on your computer.
Once they have finished they can log out of the guest account. Remember their browsing history and logged in websites or any files or documents they may have will be accessible to any other person who uses the guest account. Any guest user should log out of any websites they use or use the private browsing feature on the web within the guest account.
On a Mac you can log in as a guest user by selecting Guest User account on the login screen. If this is not available you need to enable this. You can do this by going on to the desktop, clicking on the system preference icon in the dock. Then click “users and groups”. Once on this click onto the lock icon I the lower left corner, enter your admin password to access advanced functions. Then click guest user and click on the check box which is next to “Allow guest users to connect to share folders”. Then log out and now you’ll have a guest user account accessible without a password. Once your guest logs out, all their data will be erased (unlike Windows).