How to stop child user from accessing my software?


I'm sorry if the title is confusing... I have windows 10 64-bit. I log in using my Microsoft account (not local account) and have a child account also setup so my son can log in and use the PC. However, there are some software that I would not like my son to have access to or know I am using them, for example, my poker software.

How can I install software (like pokerstars) and have it available just for me? IE. he is not able to access it nor can he see from his account I have it installed on my user account?

Thanks in advance and I would appreciate any help you can give.


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have you considered using the Microsoft 'Family' application?

Activity reports let you check up on your kids’ online activity. If you need to, you can block specific apps, games or websites.

Hi kemical,

Thanks for replying back. Will the family application stop my sons account from even seeing the pokerstars app or will it show up on their drive but they can't access it?


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I'm not entirely sure to be honest as I've never had to use it myself but as it's free why not try it?


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The best idea is not to let your son your computer at ALL! Get him a different computer, perhaps an older refurbished computer or laptop he can use for schoolwork or entertainment.

If that's not possible, some suggestions are:

1.) Do NOT give him a Microsoft account login; instead create a LOCAL login on your computer if you haven't done this already with the account you mentioned you created for you. This will keep him from purchasing any kind of apps you are not aware of with your Microsoft account that has full access to the Microsoft online App store and any Credit Card information you have stored there.

2.) Use the Microsoft Family application kemical mentioned.

3.) Use the Family protection accounts that are free from major antivirus makers such as Norton, Avast, and McAfee. Most of these can be downloaded from the antivirus maker's software site for free and are general included in the Internet Security Suite versions of their software. They used to give that module to you free and you just turn it on in the App User Interface. But, not they have you create an account to register your Software and then they let you download the Family protection module for free and give you usage instructions to view/download/print.

4.) Consider using a 3rd party Parental Control software such as K9 Web Protection. This is an excellent software and with a little time and patience you can keep your child from ever seeing any kind of gambling, porn, or violence-propagating sites that you may inadvertently visit on your account. They use an advance learning AI that is quite similar to the one in Microsoft's Family Protection and the AV Maker's Parental Control add-on apps. I've installed this on a couple of Client's who wanted their child to have Internet access but were concerned about them seeing or visiting bad or questionable sites. Age group of 8-17 is targeted for various levels of non-access. This is the best one I've yet see. After visiting the Client's site on follow-ups, zero bad sites were accessed, yet several up to hundreds of bad sites were attempted by the Child. Child only sees a Restricted error message telling them they cannot access a particular site without their Parent's permission.

Personally, I haven't used Microsoft Family protection either, as kemical mentioned; but I have experience with #3 and with #4 and they are both really good. In fact, one computer I did for a 12-year child of a Client I used both #3 & #4 to really lock down the computer. These programs actually wrap the Child's Microsoft account as well as your Microsoft account in protective "wrappers" that block out bad sites at the kernel OS level of Windows and also use ACL along with AI methods to do so; the best personal account security available on the market today:up:. This way, if your Child brings a friend or school-mate over who's more computer "literate" or is a "hacker", these softwares will defeat them from getting access to your account and seeing what you have or access. Of course, there are 12 year olds who have hacked government computers, so no system is 100% safe.:scratch: And, no system is a substitute for parental supervision. I recommend to my Clients that absolutely no Child should be left alone in their room with a computer with Internet access under 10 years of Age and the door closed or locked!:noway:

It's vital that you as a parent take responsibility for monitoring and checking what your Child does on the computer, where he goes, what sites he visits, and what time of the day/night he/she does so. The software mentioned above help you do this, but don't take over your job of monitoring and guiding in any way; they are tools to assist you in that job, not "bot-replacements".

If you implement some or all of the above precautions and they still get through your security protection, possibly through a knowledgeable friend or school-mate, or older teenager, it's time to get them off your computer for good and get them onto their own computer that you can properly physically secure and monitor.:headache: Penalizing them for a period of time, whether weeks/months/years is also something to consider if they breach your computer security. Cyber-parenting 101 there.

Hope this proves helpful to you.:)

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The sure thing way is to use Wise Folder Hider, software.
It installs an app that actually makes the folder completely invisible and inaccessible.
It's like it isn't even there.

When it's hidden nothing in it can be activated, so even if he hit the start icon nothing would happen.
You can also make an invisible folder on your desktop that has the start link in it so that it doesn't show either.
You have to have a password to open the app, and you can hide the link to the software someplace too if you want to.

Download Wise Folder Hider - MajorGeeks

I use it to hide a folder that has documents with passwords, financial documents, and account information, personal addresses etc.

It works great.



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You could remove the application entry from all programs and just add it to your start menu, then go to the install location and add the child's account on the folder and set all the permissions to deny and they won't be able to even get in that folder.

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