Linked by lucas_maximus on Mon 16th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC
Microsoft "Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of Bill Gates's trustworthy computing memo, which made securing applications from the ground up a key priority at Microsoft for the first time. The directive followed a period during which Redmond took a sustained shelling over the instability and insecurity of its software, especially in Internet Explorer and Outlook, highlighted by the damage caused by high-profile malware outbreaks such as the rampaging Love Bug, Melissa and Nimda nasties."
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RE: so much for 10 years
by randy7376 on Tue 17th Jan 2012 13:44 UTC in reply to "so much for 10 years"
randy7376
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For years, I've worked around this mentality with many Windows desktop support personnel and software developers that everyone must run with "Administrator" privileges. You hear, "software XYZ won't run unless they have administrator rights!". I'm fairly certain that the lack of usable security in Windows 95/98 contributes to this problem.

This is usually due to the appropriate permissions on directories, files, and/or the Windows registry not being set correctly for plain users. When we've brought this is up in the past, there is either a lack of understanding or just laziness on the desktop support side.

While things are slight better than 10 years ago, until you enforce and change this view, a lot of malware will continue to infect/compromise PCs at the system level. Perhaps, with Windows 8, this will finally change?

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