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Assigning a Password and Renaming the Guest Account
Figure 18-6: Windows 8’s secure desktop offers you a safe way to change user passwords.
The password for the account has now been changed.
Assigning a Password and Renaming the Guest Account
One of the default accounts set up in Windows 8 is the Guest account. This account
can be useful if your computer is in a public place such as a library and a
lowrights account is needed. However, for most of us, this account is just another
possible security hole because it cannot be deleted. It is disabled by default,
but it could be enabled again by a virus or malware if your computer ever gets
infected. The best way to neutralize this account is to give it a random password
and rename it to eliminate the chances that some script will be able to use it.
Follow these steps to protect this account:
1. Open the Start screen, type compmgmt.msc , and hit Enter.
2. After Computer Management loads, expand Local Users And Groups
and click the Users folder. All the local computer accounts are listed, as
shown in Figure 18-7.
3. Right-click the Guest account on the list and click Set Password.
A warning screen appears telling you what may happen if you proceed.
4. Disregard the warning message and click Proceed.
5. When the Set Password window appears, type a completely random, complex
password in both boxes, and click OK. The new password will now be set.
I suggest using a password that is at least 20 characters long.
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