administrative log-in

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The process whereby the system administrator of a networked system carries out a log-in. Often, this form of log-in is carried out by the system administrator providing a well-known account name such as SYSADMIN and a password such as SYS. This form of log-in is often used by intruders to gain access to a system because they can often guess the administrator's account name and password and assume his or her privileges. A wise system administrator disables administrative log-ins and logs in as a normal user but with greatly enhanced permissions and access rights.

Subjects: Computing.

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