Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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Not entirely...
by TemporalBeing on Wed 31st Mar 2010 15:34 UTC
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Honestly, most Linux distro's enact the first user as the 'root' user too. That's not the problem.

Instead, Microsoft should force the creation of the admin password AND a normal user during installation.

Additionally, Vista + Win7 shed light on the software requiring admin rights to run issue, and has helped to resolve software that is being updated and maintained. However, there is still a vast amount of software out there that businesses use that is not being upgraded or maintained for numerous reasons; software that still requires admin rights to run.

So as another said - it's not so simple.

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