User Accounts and Family Safety

How To Manage User Accounts and Family Safety Settings in Windows

How to Control the Apps & Games Used by Children on their Windows Phone

parental controlsWindows Phone 8 doesn't yet have a complete Parental controls feature and you cannot create rules for the websites your child uses on their smartphone, or the social networks he or she is allowed to use. However, Windows Phone does have a basic My Family feature which allows you to set the kind of apps and games your child can download, purchase and use. Here's how it works:

Simple Questions: What is the Guest Account & How to Turn it On?

user accountsWhen someone is visiting for a while and they need access to your Windows computer or tablet, you don't have to create a new user account for them, and you definitely should not give them your user account details. The best solution is to enable the Guest account in Windows and have them use it. This will keep your private files or system settings safe. In this guide we will explain what a Guest account is and how to turn it on in Windows 7 and Windows 8. We will end this guide by also sharing how to turn it off when you no longer need it.

Simple Questions: What are User Accounts & How Are They Managed by Windows?

user accountsOne of the most basic and important concepts in computing is the user account. We all think we know what a user account is, how it is used and why. But do we really know everything there is to know? This guide will share the detailed definition of the user account and its attributes. You will also learn how to list all the user accounts that exist on any Windows PC or device and how to see which users are signed in at the same time, on the same PC.

The Geek's Way of Managing User Accounts and Groups in Windows

user accountsMost people will edit user accounts on a Windows computer using the User Accounts panel found in the Control Panel. However, there's another way which gives you access to a lot more detailed information about the users defined on your computer and the permissions they receive. It is done using the Computer Management tool. Here's how it works:

Are You Looking for a Google Authenticator App on Windows Phone?

two-step verificationWe all know the strong competition between Microsoft and Google and how ruthless it is at times. Because of it, Google has chosen not to develop Windows Phone apps for most of its services. Therefore, the Google Authenticator app that's requested by many services for two-step verification is missing from Windows Phone. Since two-step verification is a very common method for securing all kinds of accounts, being able to use a Google Authenticator clone on Windows Phone is very important. Fortunately for us Windows Phone users, Microsoft has our backs and they have developed their own Authenticator app and published it for free. Here's how it works:

Copy Display & Keyboard Input Languages, Format & Settings to All Users

regional settingsIf you have a PC or device that is used by many people, you might want to setup the same display and keyboard input languages, format and location settings for all user accounts. Setting this up manually for one user account is a lengthy process. Setting things up for all user accounts is simply painful. Fortunately for us, both Windows 7 and Windows 8 offer a simple way to configure all these settings on your main user account and have them copied to other user accounts or all the accounts that will be created in the future. Here’s how this is done:

How to Set Up Two-Step Verification for Your Microsoft Account

securityIn a previous guide I talked about the fact that your Microsoft account is not exactly safe, just like your Google account or your Apple ID are not. There are many people who will want to access your personal data and use it to their advantage. To keep yourself safe from harm, the best solution is to enable two-step verification so that there's another protection layer on top of your password. Here's how it is done.

Who Tried to Hack Your Microsoft Account? When, Where & Did They Succeed?

securityDid you know that, just like Google and other companies, Microsoft provides a complete log of your Microsoft account activity? What does this mean? You can get detailed information about when a sign-in was performed (successfully or not), from where and the kind of device that was used. Reviewing this information will help you learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked by unauthorized parties. Then, you can take action to prevent this from happening in the future. Here's how to learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked or not.

Introducing Windows 8 & 8.1: How to Switch Between Sign-In Options

keyboardWindows 8 and Windows 8.1 are optimized for use on a wide range of devices. Whether you're using a desktop computer, a tablet or even a hybrid device, Windows 8 and 8.1 have you covered. While many features will be accessible across all platforms, some tasks may be easier done on one form of device or another. This can be seen with a task as simple as signing in. On a standard PC, you'll select your account and type in a password. Using a full-sized keyboard this is the fastest and easiest way to do the job. But what happens when you're on a tablet or touch screen? Suddenly, typing your secure password with varying cases, symbols and numbers is a bit of a headache. To alleviate this potential pain, Microsoft has included a number of sign-in options that you can configure. Read on to learn what these options are & how to take advantage of them.

How to Import the Contacts from Your SIM Card Into Windows Phone 8

peopleIf you just bought a new smartphone running Windows Phone 8, one of the first things you'll want to do is migrate your contacts. There is a chance that you stored your contacts on the old phone's SIM card, especially if the old phone was a "dumb" phone. In this tutorial, I'll show the necessary steps to import your SIM contacts into Windows Phone 8 and have them stored on your Microsoft account.