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#1 floridaze

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:08 PM

Hello there, Bleepsters. This is security/hacker protection related, although not AV, firewall, or privacy. I hope it's OK to post it in this forum.

I'm running Win 7 Home Premium. Should I be using the admin account, or a standard user account? (I'm the only one with physical access to this computer.) And if/when I use the admin account, should I be using a strong password, or would that not protect me much from getting hacked? I do use CIS and Windows Defender for real-time protection, but I don't think those will prevent invasion upon Windows startup, correct? Oh I'm also on DSL, not wifi or any type of network, so that safety base is covered.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:10 PM

You should be using a regular user account with which you can use UAC to install things that require administrative rights.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:21 PM

Got it. No need to use a logon password with it for security's sake? Or does it not have the option of setting a password? (I'm rather new to 7, obviously.)

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:22 PM

All your accounts everywhere should be password protected. I recommend 8 to 15 characters.

A good password is one that looks like this:

h4l1f()r|D|23s

that is HallforPres

Edited by cryptodan, 25 July 2011 - 12:25 PM.


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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:29 PM

I'll use (ry|D+0f()r|D|23s in honor of your quick and great faithful help. :thumbsup:

Thanks a lot!

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:36 PM

well edit that post so no one knows it.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:48 PM

It MIGHT be a smokescreen to throw people off. :wink: Just sayin.' Thanks again.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:54 PM

you are welcome

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:23 PM

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:04 AM

No need to use a logon password with it for security's sake?


If you set a password on your account, it will also be used at logon.
That is not only interactive logon, but other types of logon too, like network logon.

You perform a network logon when you access a remote share over the network. There exists malware that will propagate via shares and even perform dictionary attacks to try to access the share.
So you are best of with a strong password.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:26 PM

Thanks a lot, Quietman7 and Didier. I appreciate the advice and the links. I indeed have now created good passwords for my Windows accounts for logging on at startup.

My next question is (for anybody who may read this), I've been using "an" admin account which is the account I made when I installed 7, but not "THE" admin account, which I have disabled. Is it OK to switch what is right now my standard account to admin, and then what is right now my admin account to standard? I want to continue to use my current admin theme, libraries, and so on. I'm hoping I can do this, so I don't have to migrate everything over to the new standard account. But I want to ask a bleepin' expert first so that I don't create a lot of problems for myself.

Thank you!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:40 PM

Just keep using the account you are using. It is perfectly fine. No need to switch.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:49 PM

Ahh OK. I'm sorry that when I posted this yesterday I didn't discern between "an" admin, and "THE" admin. I was a little unclear on that myself. But I'm definitely only "an" admin AFAIK, as I do often have UAC queries pop up. Thanks for telling me that I'm safe with this time of admin account. Glad I don't have to do any troublesome switching.




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