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Configuring a child’s computer for using Refog with Windows 8.1

20 February 2015, by — admin ()

Part 1. Configuring a computer with Windows 8.1 installed.

These days, children start using the computer as early as at four. However, most home computers do not have any means of protection from potential online threats.

Not only do parents ignore specialized programs, but don’t even use integrated (free) OS tools.

Moreover, even the relatively simple user access permissions mechanism of Windows is used extremely rarely, and the only user of most home computers has full admin rights. And this is not just a security vulnerability, but a real chance of inadvertently losing your computer for a long time.

So, let’s start with the built-in capabilities of the Windows 8.1 OS that can make your children’s interaction with the computer comfortable and safe.

When you turn your computer on for the first time, you will most probably log in as a user with admin rights. You can use this account on your own or create a new one, but make sure to follow these simple rules:

  • The account with admin rights must be protected with a password, a PIN code or a picture password.
  • The child must have a separate account.

Go to the desktop, point the cursor at the lower right corner of the screen. This will open a side window, where you need to choose the last item – “Settings“.

In the new menu, click on ”Change PC settings”.

Select “Accounts” in the newly-opened window.

In the “Accounts” window, click on “Sign-in options”. Select the preferred method of authorization for your account — password, PIN or picture password.

This will secure your account and allow your child to use it safely.

After that, click on “Other accounts” in the same window and then click on the “Add an account” button.

In the new window, click the “Add a child`s account” link.

In the next window, the system will suggest registering a single account for your child in a Microsoft service. This is not mandatory and you can simply click the “Add a child`s account without email” link.

In the next window, you can simply enter a user’s name (for instance, that of your child). You can also protect his/her account with a password, but it isn’t really necessary.

That’s it – you’ve just created an account for your child and protected your own one with a password.

The child can no longer damage the computer and its applications. But that’s not all – if there is a child account in the system, a parent can access a number of additional functions to protect it.

Open the Control Panel and click on “Family Safety”.

This tool enables parents to specify the features, functions and areas that their children can access. Access permissions can be provided both locally (through the “Control Panel”), and online at
As you can see in this screenshot, there are quite a lot of additional features.

You can:

  • Monitor the sites visited by your child, games played and the total time spent on the computer.
  • Block access to dangerous or unwanted sites.
  • Limit the computer usage time for your child.

Please note that these are built-in (free) features of the Windows operating system (starting from version 7).
Additional Family Safety instructions can be found on Microsoft’s website.
Professional child monitoring software allows you to get all of these and many more advanced features in a single package.
Here are some examples.

  • The program will make screenshots with set periodicity. You can view them to see what your child has really been doing.
  • You will get a detailed report on your child’s behavior in social networks, chats and Skype (including recording of conversations).
  • If your child types in a “signal phrase” (for example, your home address or any other kind of personal information that shouldn’t be disclosed to strangers), the program will send you a notification immediately.

The program will periodically generate a report detailing your child’s online activities and send it to your email address. You will be able to open and view them anywhere, even on your smartphone.

Refog Personal Monitor is one of such programs. You can use it in a fully-functional trial mode for three days.

The program can be downloaded here, and a detailed installation and configuration instruction is available here.

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