Sharing your computer

United States
January 25, 2008 9:01pm CST
How do you feel about sharing your desktop or laptop. I don't like it, so, I usually set up a different account for other users. How do you feel about it?
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14 responses
• United States
26 Jan 08
Justabloke, I do not share mine at all. My husband has his and my son has his, I do the maintainance on all of them. As you can imagine it takes far more time keeping theirs virus free and running. In fact my husband spilled coffee into his key board early this morning! Nope hands off mine. If one of their machines is down it is just down, they do not have access to mine.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
I am not quite that bad! I'll share my computers, if I have too.
• United States
26 Jan 08
LooksVivek, in fact I am a computer tech. I do software support, resolution virus mal ware clean ups and basic hardware diagnostics. I throughly enjoy it. Thats what happens when we put women in a box and stereotype them :))
• United States
26 Jan 08
Justabloke, I have to keep them off mine. i would be continually repairing my own if I shared. Both my husband and Son are gamers, and they visit sites that are vulnerable to viruses and mal-ware. Its just easier this way, They also know if they crash their own computers anyone else's are off limits until I can get to it. Its incentive for them to be more careful. Besides that, I have a problem with anyone at my desk. I know where everything is and it bites my batootie when things are moved and miss placed. Best just to stay out of MOM"S work area altogether.
• United States
26 Jan 08
Are you talking about work? Because I'd never share MY laptop with anyone. Actually, I'm kind of a fan of setting up different accounts for myself. One desktop is my play desktop, one's my work desktop, one's my set-up-and-let-process desktop.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
Not work. I talking about home. I have my own PC which I have an account and login setup. If the kids need to use mine, they have to log in as another account.
• United States
26 Jan 08
I do not share mine but I do have another account set up for hubby on mine if something needs fixing that I cannot take care of.
@dedenmz (38)
• Indonesia
26 Jan 08
I don't mind sharing my desktop with everyone but on otherhand it's true that i don't like if my setting change so i usually set up a different account for anyone who want using my desktop
• United States
26 Jan 08
I used to be open and free until I started coming home and finding icons missing and the remaining icons scattered all over the desktop.
• Indonesia
26 Jan 08
Ha.ha.me too,because i have a younger brother who 9 years old.So everytime he he using it,i must check the setting over and over.after that i set up different account.
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• United States
27 Jan 08
I think youngsters just don't see the computer as anything other than a game or toy, so, moving icons around is part of the game.
@iamsree (441)
• India
26 Jan 08
I share my pc at home with my brother and we use a single account..i had bought but it has been upgraded by my brother,new ram,processor etc so i cannot call it my own..i am planning get myself a new desktop....personally i don't like laptops as they lack in performance....gud ones are there too but they are expensive....
• United States
26 Jan 08
You are right about laptops. An upto date high performance laptop will cost 3 or more times an equivilent desktop. You should consider having your own logon or profile, as when you get your own PC, you will be able to easily identify your files and copy them across.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
26 Jan 08
hello justabloke, I do not like to share my desktop with anyone, in fact when the grandkids come over I have them have there own account and set up so that way they dont mess up my things I have set the way I like.
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• United States
26 Jan 08
I'm with you mrsbrian, that's exactly how I feel.
@MGjhaud (21069)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
I don’t let others open my computer without my knowing. Even if I don’t have anything hidden in it but it’s better to prevent your computer from threats (like viruses) when using it right. I’ve tried it before, my friend asked to use my computer for a while; she just had to copy something. When she inserted her USB disk, a virus came in to my PC too. That time, my anti-virus is not update so it didn’t detect. The virus stays there for a while actually. That’s why I don’t like others using my computer.
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• United States
4 Feb 08
That sucks for both of you as I am sure your friend didn't know.
@IddiKlu (176)
• United States
26 Jan 08
At most I'll let someone check their email. If they want to do more, I have a backup computer in another room which I use for testing stuff, which they can use. Unless you are very good at fixing problems that occur (which I am), having someone else use your computer can be very risky. I have seen people screw up someone else's computer so badly in 5 minutes, the OS had to be reinstalled.
• United States
26 Jan 08
I usually make my other account's "user" accounts only, so, they cannot install programs. Also, windows xp has the restore option, which is probably the best idea they have ever come up with. I have used that a number of times. I usually let people use my network, when they come to visit, but, I set up the encryption and the passwords.
• India
26 Jan 08
you r right my friend, but it is conditional if their is something which u dont want to share with others then u must have your personal account on computer...
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• United States
26 Jan 08
True. Thanks for responding. I like my PC set up the way it is and I don't want it changed.
• United States
26 Jan 08
I share my desktop, but only with my husband, and occasionally my mother if she visits. To begin with I didn't like it much, felt it was "mine", but with my husband he respects anything I am doing/have done on it, so its not an issue. I wouldn't let a total stranger on it thats for sure. We just have one in the house though, so its more of everybodys.
• United States
26 Jan 08
I remember when used to share, then it was my wife and I. It was a pain, as whenever I wanted it, she was on it and visa versa, but, being the people we are we worked it out without much trouble.
• India
27 Jan 08
I don't like to share my computer with anyone. So i don't put any other user account on it rather than an administrator's acount...
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@daryljane (3437)
• Philippines
26 Jan 08
The good thing though is that i dont have my own pc so that wouldnt be a problem for me. At work, we have our own network login and we have our own settings when were logged in, so whenever were at work, we are using own pc too. I guess, that the best thing you need to do, set up another account for other users.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Hi justabloke I dont like others using my computer. My hubby sometimes uses it. But thats okay because its not that often.LOL Everyone else is off limits!heheheh
@douchrti (176)
• United States
26 Jan 08
It would depend on each others surfing habits to me. I would definitely have separate accounts.
@lillipop (53)
• United States
28 Jan 08
Hello, I Really don't like sharing my desktop or laptop pc either definitely when the computer starts to act up and in need or repair then after a few days when someone other than me uses it family members okay i guess, but I just try to be kind and share.