Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Jul 2006 15:39 UTC, submitted by nedvis
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Millions of Windows users run the OS with an administrator account because Microsoft's never made it easy to do anything different. In fact, you have to work a lot harder to run with fewer rights. Microsoft will push Vista as the solution to the ever-increasing number and ingenuity of attacks. But why wait? With our five strategies, you can give Windows XP a taste of Vista's UAC protection."
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1. Download FreeBSD/Linux.

Wow, thanks! You know, I had never considered that. Thanks for the blinding flash of the obvious, Sherlock!

But for those of you for whom the solution of Linux/Mac doesn't work and you absolutely need Windows for one reason or the other, do the following:

1. Don't use Internet Explorer. Use Opera or Firefox instead
2. Have some kind of firewall running (even a $30 hardware router should do the trick if you don't want one running in the background)
3. A free anti-virus program such as AVG. Though you don't have to run this resident, you better be damn careful about scanning everything you download if you don't.
4. Use a little common sense about what you download. If it promises you naked pics of Britney Speaers or more smileys for your IM/email, it's probably bad news.

Do the above and you have just eliminated 99% of security issues in Windows. Of course, there's still a remote chance that somebody could hack into your machine (just like somebody could break into a locked car while you're in a shopping mall), but if you're the average Joe User and not running a high-profile server, you shoudl be fine with this.

'But why NOT run as limited user, you say?' Because I've been doing the above for the last 6 years or so and have never had a problem. Why do more than is actually necessary?

BTW: I've never heard of the process manager program .. will definitely check it out.

Edited 2006-07-30 16:42

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Man the moderation Nazis our completely out of control on this site. It was a freakin joke guys, get over it. Probably just hurts that even though it's a joke, there is some serious truth to Leth's comment.

Mod this

Windows troubleshooting steps:

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