One of the biggest challenges people face when using computers is keeping safe when they’re on the Internet. How do you keep malware off your computer, how can you tell a fake website from a real one, and how do you keep your children safe from inappropriate web content and unsuitable games?
These are concerns, not just for parents but also for every Internet user. In this chapter, I want to show you how Windows 8.1 can help keep you, your friends, and your family safe.
When you first use Windows 8.1, you will be asked to create a user account, either a local one on the computer or one created using a Microsoft account; this will have the same login you use for a Hotmail or Live email account or for your Xbox.
When you set up a new user on your PC you are asked if this is a child’s account. Check this box to automatically turn on the Activity Report. This is an easy-to-read summary of what your child has been looking at on the Internet, and it can be accessed in the main Family Safety window. See below for details of how to open this.
When you are using Windows 8.1 in a family environment, it’s ...