What is it?

In technology, default usually means an original or standard setting, such as computer's factory setting, or a web program's setting prior to personalising it with your preferences.

How does it work?

The default setting is decided by the manufacturer of a device or a creator of a program. Generally, the default setting is the one that is most universally useful for all users.

Why is it useful?

In many cases, once a default setting is personalised, there is an option to return to the default. This can be useful if your personalised settings are no longer necessary or have become too complicated.

Equipment such as an internet gateway usually has a discreet switch to return the device to factory default settings. This can be useful if you forget the password, or if the user settings have become muddled.

What do you need to keep in mind about your children and default?

Being able to reset to default settings for a device or program can be both good and bad, depending on what you need at the time. Resetting to the default can erase personalised settings that were time consuming to set, but it can also be a benefit if the default is needed.

Also remember that the default setting may include standard passwords that hackers will know and can use to interfere with your system.

As a result, you may wish to talk with your child when you do not want the default setting to remain as is, or you do not want the default setting to be chosen.

Want to know more?

To learn more about defaults, see the instructions or manual of the relevant product or program.


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