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Lesson 18. Viewing a Network Drive > Using a User Name and Password

Using a User Name and Password

You know that to gain access to Windows, you must enter your user name and password, which identify you to the computer, and to the network, if you are attached to one. The user name that appears when you log on to Windows and the password you enter are those that you or the system administrator created. These devices provide security not only for your work, but for the entire network. Therefore, someone who does not know his or her user name and password cannot log on to the network.

Log On To connect to a network, you must log on. When you log on, you're essentially telling the network that you're ready to share its resources. The network uses your logon as a key, of sorts, to identify which resources you may use.

Windows keeps a record of any applications you install, shortcuts you create, and any colors, fonts, display, or other settings you modify on the desktop. When you log on using your user name and password, Windows displays those settings individual to you. If you logged on under a different name or just canceled the dialog box, your individual customizations would not appear when Windows opened.



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