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The inherent risk of working as admin on Windows

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#1 TsVk!


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:02 PM

I have long been a proponent of users working as users and admins working as admins. The administration account on Windows pc's is designed for system administration, the user account is designed for using the system. This was (is) much ignored and many people surf the net and work their financial data whilst logged in as an administrator, with disastrous results. To try and mitigate this social flaw Microsoft introduced the UAC with Windows 7. This has helped a bit... but still nowhere near what is required to protect a machine from unnecessary unwanted software installations. ie: malware.


There are new facts and figures out that show this is still a very good way to mitigate threats to your Windows system, just swap over to a basic user account when you're not administrating your system. 





Are you logged in as administrator right now? 



Edited by TsVk!, 08 February 2016 - 08:12 PM.

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