How to setup a Synology NAS Part 6: Reviewing the basic User account settings

In this series of video’s we take a look at how you perform the basic setup and configuration of a Synology, Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. The aim of this series of videos is to try and offer a reference point to assist you in the setup of your own NAS.

For this video we will be reviewing the default User accounts that are created when you first configure your NAS. We also take a look at the options that can be changed once a new user account has been created.

There are three basic account types you can use with your NAS. These accounts work within a hierarchy that are based on permissions. The Administrators account is at the top of the hierarchy as it will by default have full access permissions to the whole of your NAS.

A User account will be second in the hierarchy as its access permissions are set by the administrators account. However, a User account can have the same permissions as the administrators account but this is generally not recommended.

Finally a Guest account, as the name suggests allows you to quickly give a user basic short term access to services on your NAS. The Guest Account should be disabled by default.     

Note: The Administrators account is the most powerful account on your Synology NAS. As you should only ever use your Administrators account when you need to make changes or review settings on your NAS. We recommend that you never use your Administrators account for day to day work. Instead you should create user accounts with the correct access permissions for your and your users.

Quick reference notes:

  • Log into Disk Station Manager using your Administrators credentials
  • From the desktop of DSM select Control PanelUser
  • In the User panel 
  • Highlight an account and select Edit to see the basic information about an account

Note: Even if you do not intent to make your NAS accessible from the internet, if is a good idea to give your Administrators account a strong password. This will help to protect your NAS and any data stored on it.

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