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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that's because they are poorly written. most programs can work just fine or regular account.

only exceptions i can think of are security related programs, like antivirus and firewall, which should run as services with different privileges.

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biffuz Member since:

Only problem is, many apps are very difficult or costly to fix. And this includes open source/free stuff... the largest the company, the highest the cost of any change, even minimal. And today companies are saving every penny.

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pompous stranger Member since:

I wonder how much those same companies spend on network and desktop security. I hear licenses on corporate a/v and lost productivity/stolen data expense can get pretty hefty.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

the problem is even worse when you have black box code built by some third party that no longer exists.

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