Protecting children and yourself on laptop and desktop computers is essential. In this guide, we’ll go through some simple steps that you can do to protect your children and yourself online.
On any modern operating system, there are two common types of user accounts (also known as logins) — Standard User or Administrator User. A standard user account can only change some settings and cannot remove installed software; An administrator user account has more privileges and it can change almost all settings and install or remove any installed software.
If you are a parent or are keeping someone else safe, We recommend using an Administrator user account while your children or the person/people you are keeping accountable use a Standard user account.
How to setup a standard user account (Windows 10)
- Launch settings (the app with a cog icon)
- Click ‘Accounts’
- Click ‘Family & other users’
- Under ‘Other users’ click ‘Add someone else to this PC’
- A Windows regarding Microsoft accounts will appear. Click the ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information’
- The window will then say ‘Create account’, from here click ‘Add a user without a Microsoft account
- Now you should be at a screen which says ‘Create an account for this PC’. Enter a user name, a password, and some security questions for the new account
Now an account has been created for your children or someone you’re trying to keep safe to use.
As a final recommendation in this section, we recommend changing your password (or adding one if there isn’t one) for your Administrator account — so you can only access it.
- Launch settings
- Click ‘Accounts’
- Click ‘Sign-in options’
- Under password, click ‘Change’ or Add’
- Fill out the form with your new password information
Setting up Safe Surfer on a laptop or a desktop computer
With the accounts sorted, removing software will not be possible for the person using a standard account.
To get your computer set up with the Safe Surfer DNS service start by installing and setting up our desktop app on the computer. Setting up the desktop app means that the laptop or desktop will be safe for on the go and on any network. As a bonus, all users will be protected.
- the installation and usage of the Safe Surfer desktop app requires access to an Administrator account of your computer, so remain logged in as the account with Administrator privileges.
- Please check for compatibility — You must be running at either Windows 10 (1803, 1809), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8.1 (other versions may be supported, however, these versions have been tested and compatibility has been confirmed)
- Head over to this direct download link to download the installer
- Launch the installer. You may get a message saying ‘Windows protected your PC’, what you’ll need to do is click the ‘more info’ button, followed by ‘Run anyway’.
- In the installer, you will be given the option to install just for you or for all users — select whichever as this doesn’t matter too much since you will be the only who will be able to use it either way
- Press next to choose the default install location
- Leave ‘Launch SafeSurfer-Desktop’ checked and click finish to complete the installer
- Upon launching the app, you should receive a prompt with the heading ‘User Account Control’. This prompt is requesting that the app run as the Administrator account. Please choose ‘Yes’, as the app cannot change any settings without it. (If this prompt doesn’t appear, you will get a ‘Try again’ button appear in the app. Press the button and wait until the prompt appears. If it still doesn’t work, press the ‘Help me to run this app as an Administrator’ for further action.)
- Now with the app running as an Administrator, press the ‘Get protected’ button on the lower half of the screen. With this button pressed the app with flip a few switches here and there, to set your computer up
- You will be presented with a prompt titled ‘Lock deactivate buttons’. This is asking if the ‘stop protection’ button should be disabled. Locking the deactivate buttons is only useful if you’re the only user. If this isn’t you, you can just press no
- Another prompt will appear regarding donating. If you’d like to donate, go ahead and click donate, otherwise press no
- A final prompt will appear requesting a restart to your computer. Click ‘Restart now’ to restart your computer. We recommend a restart, so all programs which use the Internet can adjust to the newly applied Safe Surfer settings
Now that your computer is set up, whoever uses the computer will be protected against any type of harmful material on the Internet.
Happy Safe Surfing!