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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Comment by MadRat
by MadRat on Wed 31st Mar 2010 16:11 UTC
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I don't like the odds that 36% of the malware doesn't give a rat's ass if you're administrator or not. I also don't like the blind eye turned to the older OSes that Microsoft released. The reality is that Microsoft keeps dropping opportunities to fix its OSes for profit. I've had XP up and running in one form or another for 10 years. I would have gladly paid $50 to keep XP up to date for another 5 years, or $100 for another 10 years of support.

I don't have a problem with them drawing a line in the sand with different iterations of their products. I don't have a problem with Microsoft not supporting IE6, IE7, and IE8 for people that don't want to pay to support the introduction of IE9 on XP. But I want quid quo pro; if I pay $50 you better keep IE9 alive for 5 years or give me something better over that time period. And if I pay $100 then I expect it to run everything that Win7 runs in the next 10 years. You pay more you get more.

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