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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RE: Not entirely...
by mtzmtulivu on Wed 31st Mar 2010 15:47 UTC in reply to "Not entirely..."
mtzmtulivu
Member since:
2006-11-14


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


Most window users do not install heir own operating systems. OEM ship computers with windows setup with a user with administrative privileges because they do not want to get support calls asking why they are prevented from doing A or installing application B.

Windows 2000 shipped with three users,winxp shipped with two, normal and admin. Microsoft gave people options and OEM passed on a bad choice to their consumers to reduce their costs and consumers did change the bad option and the bad option stuck as default and expected option.

It is required in new york to take couple of hours of road safety lectures and workshops before a drivers license is issued. Should computers users be required to do the same?

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RE[2]: Not entirely...
by iaefai on Wed 31st Mar 2010 22:29 in reply to "RE: Not entirely..."
iaefai Member since:
2009-12-14

I would point out that microsoft called their 'normal' user 'limited' which also doesn't endear itself to people.

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