User Account Control : Protect You and Privacy of Yours - IS YOUR LIFE IN STAKE?
Privacy. One of the biggest questions of present, and future technology and Internet developing. How to save peoples privacy, and in same time offer them free sharing space, or how to save Your privacy , but in same time use just one machine instead of couple - which can significantly reduce and/or cut your expenses. The new technologies, so called, "OnSky" technology of saving data on Internet is becoming more and more popular, because of its reliability and secure.BUT, the main question and the eternal question will always remain: "How can I be sure that I am the only one that sees the data, and how can I be sure that no-one will abuse my data and/or info that I've put on remote data server? ". To explain, HOW TO PROTECT YOUR "ON SKY" DATA, You - FIRST - HAVE TO understand the keeping Your privacy on your own computer , and then, I will lead and guide you trough the :" How to" to keep your storage safe on remote locations.
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Your Control Panel - Your Safety
Now, let's start by explaining how important is to keep your files safe and hidden from the eyes of those who can or could potentially to abuse the info and data on Your machine.
Imagine Yourself on the position of Network Administrator, or just as an average family man that has its work and family with kids, and that his work (as 90% does) requires working and saving data on family (shared) computer. Now, job roles can be numerous, but lets think ,generally, like this. Your data, HAS to be away from eyes of Your kids and/or anyone else - except of Yourself and your employer.
The privacy comes in, and the security of your stored data comes in to question. What You should do FIRST, is to pay attention on U.A.C settings. What is U.A.C ? - U.A.C , is shorten from " User Account Control " . User Account Control, U.A.C , settings can be adjusted at your Control Panel. Control Panel is - always - crucial when it comes to security of your files and your privacy. Now...
Click on your "Start" button. When the menu is showed, select the "Control Panel" from the list - and click on it. When "Control Panel" is appeared, on upper-right corner of window, You'll see the: "View by: ______ " label. By default, it is set-up to "Categorized". Click on it, and select "Small Icons". (my advice, because it is more transparent for usage)
After that, choose the "User Accounts" from the list of icons , and wait until window appears. NOTICE: This guide, and/or tutorial and/or how-to Hub is done on WINDOWS 7, but it is same also with Vista (because of appearance) and it is SIMILAR to Win X.P!
Adjust the level
Adjusting Your privacy, adjusting the level "when will Your Windows ask You", when You make some changes like installing and removing programs. The "gray window" ,th at appears, when you click/double click on .msi , or setup.exe kind of icon (application) in Windows 7(Vista) ; is actually the "Question window" that matters your privacy level.
The members of Administrators group can and should make and adjust the "rights" of users (standard or power) so on that way, Administrators could LIMIT the authority of the standard users or every other user.
You can always use the Auditing, as a way of supervising your shared computer. Auditing will allow you to see the .log files of when and who did try to access your computer, how, how many times, and etc.
To SETUP YOUR USER ACCOUNT CONTROL, AND THE LEVEL OF "NOTIFYING" , WHEN WINDOWS WILL ASK YOU ABOUT INSTALLS AND REMOVES... Click on:
Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Then on the left side of the window , choose the "User Account Settings. When Windows appears you will see the "slider". The higher the slider is, the higher the "questioning" and "notifying" of Your Windows will be.
Ajust Your Privacy Level!
Now, once when YOU are secured, from the "intruders" on Your account, and making unwanted changes on Your files; you can start thinking on moving the security level of Your files on to next level. The next level , of securing Your files is moving them "on cloud". The "OnSky" or "OnCloud" technology is something that is matter of future. The original idea is to make your files, unreachable for those "unwanted" by moving them on remote, more secure, always available data server. Again, the eternal question remains: "How can I know that my files can be viewed just from my eyes? How can I know that ,once if its about some highly wanted document - top secret kind one - how can I be assured that I am the only one that can grant the access to it ? "
The "ON SKY" technology , shall it aways remain that question of trust ?
DO YOU THINK ITS SAFE TO PUT "TOP SECRET" OR PRIVATE FILES ON REMOTE DATA SERVER, THAT'S MEANT TO SERVE YOU AS "THE NEXT GENERATION OF SECURE LEVEL" ???