Chain of command is an important protective protocol—we don’t have to look far to find ample illustrations: military, banks, schools, and virtually all businesses. In most cases, it is wise to limit the number of actions permitted without approval from an administrator.

Most computer operating systems allow for the configuration of a similar structure. The computer may run in either an administrator or a user mode. What does this mean? Basically, a user is limited as to what can be done without administrator approval. An administrator can make any change to the system. Many Windows computers are by default set to run in the administrator mode, although a user mode can be selected.

The choice is yours:
Utilize the administrator mode at all times or
Operate in a user mode and utilize the administrator mode only when intentionally approving changes to your system. This second arrangement is the safest.

Even if you alone have access to your computer, utilizing a user mode is an extra layer of protection for your system against inadvertent changes or malicious attacks.

User Mode Advantages:
1. Control Software installation – Many businesses prohibit users from installing software without approval. Hence, control of software installations is more easily maintained.

2. Block Malicious Software – In some cases, installation of malicious software can be blocked by running in user mode.

3. Avoid Harmful Changes – Inadvertent changes that can be harmful to the computer can often be avoided by running in user mode.

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