Device Management

Make Me Admin Provides Additional Layer of Software Security

computer check iconAs long as the Internet has been around, there has always been the risk of either installing software that you probably shouldn’t or cybercriminals forcing software to be installed without your knowledge. The easiest way to prevent these types of installations is to restrict access to administrative privileges on the device. For the past couple of years, OIT has been testing the Make Me Admin application, which disables administrative access to your computer but also allows you to quickly and temporarily have admin access to download essential software or take other administrative actions as needed. After the success of our pilot, we will be deploying Make Me Admin to SMU-owned Windows PCs starting October 30.

A screenshot of the MakeMeAdmin application.Using Make Me Admin is easy! If you need administrative privileges to install software or change a device setting, just open the Make Me Admin application on your computer and click Grant Me Administrator Rights. This grants you administrative permissions temporarily so you can complete your task. Admin access is automatically revoked after thirty minutes or when you click Remove My Administrator Rights. Once you have admin rights, you may still need to enter your SMU ID and password when installing software or changing settings. Also, it is important to remember to right-click and use the Run as administrator option when installing software.

A screenshot of the Run as administrator option in Windows.
The Run as administrator option in Windows.

If you have any questions regarding this new security measure, please let the IT Help Desk know or visit the Make Me Admin service page. We hope this new application will allow you easy admin access when you need it and better security and peace of mind when you don’t!

NOTE: Make Me Admin is only for gaining administrative access to install software and make other administrative changes on your PC. Make Me Admin will not impact your daily work.

Additional information added November 2, 2023.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.