What is an account and how to create it
A computer account is a user account in a computer system.
An account is a relationship between a user and information service, network, or device. Registration of an account means that each account has a unique username and password. Passwords are optional for computers and networks but must register with social networks, messengers, groups, and online subscriptions.
There are typically two types of personal computer accounts: standard and administrator accounts. A standard user cannot perform tasks such as installing applications, while administrators have complete access. This is true in workplaces because the IT department is responsible for computer safety and literally cannot allow you to install anything on the computer.
Why do you need an account? User accounts are used by various online services to register, authenticate, and track their users.
There is typically an individual account for every person who uses online services. It allows the user to store their data, set up the interface, make purchases, and exchange data.
Having an account, you can perform the next actions:
- log in to an account;
- account set up;
- view the account data;
- delete an account.
How to register an account
User login is the process used, typically on a remote computer, to access the operating system, service, or program. You need to register the account with a unique username and password to ensure the correct logging in.
Here is a brief guide on creating a personal account with an email, username, and password in any online service, social network, or messenger.
The identification method requires the customer's email, and it must be at hand to send a confirmation letter to this mailbox.
If a password or username is lost, you need a phone number linked to your account to recover the lost data.
How to choose the right email? If you register with an unfamiliar community or an online service, it is best to add an extra email instead of your mailbox to remove it if needed.
Login and password are character strings used during the authentication process to verify the user's identity.
A login is a unique username, either created by or obtained from the system by the user himself. Usually, the password is used together with the username. It's a secret combination that allows users to access a computer, an application, or a website.
Passwords can have different lengths and contain letters, numbers, and special characters. Other passwords types:
- Phrase password with more than one word used.
- Access codes and keys when only digits are used instead of a combination of symbols.
Passwords that are difficult to crack are considered secure. Here are some basic recommendations on how to create a secure password:
- The minimum length is from 8 characters to 16-64 characters.
- Include both uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Use at least one digit.
- Use at least one special character. Example - @ or %.
The server stores your username, email address, and password. Network user accounts are not associated with any specific device, unlike local computer accounts. Depending on the system configuration, a network user can log in from any computer, smartphone, or tablet with his username and password.
The guest account does not require a password to log in. This account type has the lowest privileges. Guest accounts are used to test some online features or for public data exchange.
What is an SSO, single sign-on
Some account types also provide a single sign-on, SSO, which allows you to authenticate yourself on various applications and sites. For example, a Facebook user account allows connecting different websites through their social network instead of creating a unique username and password. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are most commonly associated with an SSO.
When a user visits a site that offers a login via social networks or an email account, he also has the opportunity to register and log in with a regular login and password.
If a user's account is available for automatic login, there is no need to create a new site login and password. Easy access to social networks makes information exchange easier for users and allows site owners and marketers to perform content personalization.
Single sign-on is user friendly but not considered a secure authentication type. SSO doesn't fit for sites associated with confidential information. This method also affects user data security. Personal information leaks can be risky, as people often share personal information in messengers.
How to create a Google account
Google has over a billion users and is very popular. You can access the Gmail system, Google Drive file storage facilities, YouTube videos, Google Play application store, Google Analytics, and so on by managing your Google account. You can use all system resources and single access to many other sites - Google Account protects your data with encryption.
To register the account, you need an email address (a non-Gmail address is accepted), a contact phone number, a unique username, and a password. To create a secure password, you can use our recommendations above. The final confirmation is the SMS to the cell phone number specified at registration.