Renaming the Administrator Account

by Chris Sanders [Published on 17 July 2006 / Last Updated on 17 July 2006]

When dealing with your administrator account, sometimes it is best to just rename it all together.

When you are dealing with your administrator account it is often a good practice to never login with it unless you absolutely must. This being said, an excellent hacker deterrent is to completely rename the administrator account. This may not stop a determined hacker, but it will at least deter him long enough to give enough time to better react to the situation. This is especially true since the administrator password is the one most commonly breached on a computer. You will of course, want to make sure you give it a name that is easily recognizable such as “admin”, “operator”, or something that will really throw a hacker for a loop….”root”.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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