Overview - User Access Control

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What is UAC?

To continue our goal of improving the security of ECU’s user-assigned devices, ITCS enabled User Account Control (UAC) for ECU-managed Windows systems.

UAC is a security feature to prevent unauthorized changes to your Windows 10 computer or device. Changes range from a new program you've downloaded, an app feature you wish to implement to something more nefarious like a virus. Once UAC is active, any system changes, whether initiated by you, a current app or a hacker, are only executed after your (administrator) approval.

The two examples here explain how this works.

Example 1

Microsoft Word is launching but requires elevated permissions. If you launched the Microsoft Word app, enter your PirateID username and password into the UAC dialog box, then click Yes. This allows Word to open/update.

If you see the UAC prompt but did not open or use Microsoft Word, DO NOT enter your PirateID username and password. Just click No to prevent the action.


Example 2

Microsoft Management Console is launching and needs elevated permissions. If you requested the change, a Windows setting or configuration, enter your PirateID username and password, then choose Yes. The Microsoft Management Console opens.

If you see the UAC dialog box but did not request changes to Windows settings or configurations, DO NOT enter your PirateID username and password. Choose No to prevent any action using elevated permissions.


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Wed 11/8/23 10:04 AM
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