Ubuntu: Should I use a different user other than the first one that is created during the install in Lubuntu 16.04?



Question:

Is the first user you create, when you enter your information during the install, an admin or some kind of privileged user?

If not, is there a hidden "admin" account similar to root but with less privileges that is already created?

Should I create a regular user to use for everyday tasks or is it safe to use the first user that is created?


Solution:1

Is the first user you create, when you enter your information during the install, an admin or some kind of privileged user?

Yes. By default, the user you created during the installation is added to the sudoers file and can execute programs with root privileges.

If not, is there a hidden "admin" account similar to root but with less privileges that is already created?

There is no "hidden admin".

Should I create a regular user to use for everyday tasks or is it safe to use the first user that is created?

It depends. Although the user created upon installation is granted sudo-permissions, by default privilege escalation prompts the user for her password. This prevents unsolicited privilege escalation and is a reasonable compromise between security and convenience.


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