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j3ff9ack

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Posted: 03/27/19 06:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

T18skyguy wrote:

When you make yourself an administrator, it puts you at risk somehow? Can someone explain how that happens?


If you run as administrator all the time, and you happen to visit a malicious web site or open an e-mail with a malicious attachment, the malicious code then executes with administrative privileges and can easily exploit your entire computer and others on your home network.

If you run with normal user privileges and do the same thing, the malicious code only has your user privileges and the amount of damage is minimized due to the lower privilege.

This is much more important when you are on a corporate network with thousands of other computers than if you are just at home, but the same principle applies


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Posted: 03/27/19 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

j3ff9ack wrote:

T18skyguy wrote:

When you make yourself an administrator, it puts you at risk somehow? Can someone explain how that happens?


If you run as administrator all the time, and you happen to visit a malicious web site or open an e-mail with a malicious attachment, the malicious code then executes with administrative privileges and can easily exploit your entire computer and others on your home network.

If you run with normal user privileges and do the same thing, the malicious code only has your user privileges and the amount of damage is minimized due to the lower privilege.

This is much more important when you are on a corporate network with thousands of other computers than if you are just at home, but the same principle applies

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