Windows Users: Drop Your Rights

Security Fix has advised Microsoft Windows users in the past about the importance of running everyday software applications under user accounts that do not have the power to install programs or modify the underlying operating system in any way. The reason is simple: Spyware and other unwanted programs have a much harder time getting their hooks into your system if the current user lacks installation privileges.

I have written before about the importance of setting up and using "limited user" (non-administrator) accounts for everyday Windows users. But many users balk at the idea, complaining (in many cases rightfully so) that such-and-such program doesn't work or perform as well under a non-admin account. (By default, when you first install Windows XP, all of the active user accounts created are administrator accounts, meaning they have full rights to install, modify or delete any program, file or system process running on the computer.) Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 19th April 2006 12:24AM