Essentially an account provides you with an allocation of disk space that is yours to play with, work in, and store your files; and it allows you to interact with the computers. Without an account you will be unable to work on the School's machines. You are responsible for making sure that your account is used in an appropriate manner and is not abused, either by yourself or anyone else! There are stiff penalties for breach of conduct with respect to computer use. Read Local Etiquette (section 1.6, page ).