Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 1st May 2008 01:55 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Security consultant Howard Fosdick has contributed the latest entry in the 2008 OSNews Article Contest: a highly detailed examination of security and privacy on the Windows platform, and how to use free software tools and a little knowledge to protect your privacy online.
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RE[2]: interesting-ish
by Valhalla on Thu 1st May 2008 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE: interesting-ish"
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

raver31 wrote:
-"I mean, you have crippled all the internet applications on that machine, therefore, for them to browse they have to use Firefox or Opera. But there is still some sites that will install Windows trojans when you open the site in FF and blindly click OK anyway"

well, that depends. if you are crazy enough to browse the web logged in as administrator then yes you are certainly vulnerable to trojans should you encounter a site that eploits a bug in your browser.

however, installing and running Firefox, Opera etc under a unpriviledged account will make sure that although exploits may allow malicious code to be executed, the amount of damage that code can do is limited to the rights of unpriviledged account.

running IE is another matter though. since Microsoft chose to integrate it into the system there are likely possibilities for for exploits to compromise the system under the guise of IE which may give the malicious code further priviledges.

raver31 wrote:
-"Also, you cannot do what you suggest to people's computers because it will break compatibility with applications that need a fully working internet explorer for the installation or operation."

apart from when using windowsupdate.com, I haven't encountered situations or software where I need internet explorer.

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RE[3]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Thu 1st May 2008 13:22 in reply to "RE[2]: interesting-ish"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Windows Update is a standalone app in Vista and Server 2008 and you don't need IE for it.

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RE[4]: interesting-ish
by Valhalla on Thu 1st May 2008 14:20 in reply to "RE[3]: interesting-ish"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Adam S wrote:
-"Windows Update is a standalone app in Vista and Server 2008 and you don't need IE for it."

I was talking about the site, http://www.windowsupdate.com/

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