Chapter 12

Accounts and Security

In This Chapter

  • Understanding accounts and account types in Windows 8
  • Managing accounts with PC Settings
  • Using advanced account management with Control Panel
  • Using Microsoft Account features with other account types
  • Understanding the new security features in Windows 8
  • Protecting your PC from malware and viruses with Windows Defender
  • Protecting your PC when Windows isn’t running
  • Preventing malware downloads with Windows SmartScreen
  • Understanding the Windows 8 improvements to Action Center and other security features

Everyone who uses Windows knows that you typically sign in, or “log in” as we used to say, to the PC using an account with which unique settings, documents and files, and even applications are associated. The types of accounts we’ve used in Windows have certainly evolved over the years, but for the most part, there have been two basic kinds of sign-ins: domain accounts, which are used exclusively by corporations, and local accounts, which are specific only to the PC on which they are used; home users and most individuals have always used this latter account type.

In Windows 8, Microsoft is introducing a new type of sign-in that is tied to a Microsoft account, or what used to be called a Windows Live ID. (With Windows 8, Microsoft is eliminating Windows Live as a brand, but is continuing its most popular products and services, often with new names.) As you’ll discover, this new account type is really just a formalization of a capability ...

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