A user account allows the system to identify what files and applications that user should be provided access to and the level of authorisation that they should be given.
A user account can also provide information when a malicious or unwanted activity occurs on the system as the history and files relating to the account can be used to audit who was responsible and what action they undertook.
Local User Account
A local user account is one that is stored on the local computer within the SAM database file (Security Account Manager) that is normally located within the Windows System32 directory.
Domain User Account
A domain user account is stored on the domain controller and provides access to areas of the domain. When a domain user account is created, a first name, surname and login name is required.
The account can be configured after creation to determine when that user is able to logon and which computers and groups they are allowed access to. It is also necessary to configure how often a password to access the account should be changed.
Similarly to a user account, a network contains computer accounts that should uniquely identify each computer connecting to it and should also provide an avenue for review as they provide the investigator with an ability to filter activity to a specific computer on the network.
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