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90 percent of Windows 7 flaws fixed by removing admin rights [arstechnica.com]
After tabulating all the vulnerabilities published in Microsoft's 2009 Security Bulletins, it turns out 90 percent of the vulnerabilities can be mitigated by configuring users to operate without administrator rights, according to a report by BeyondTrust. As for the published Windows 7 vulnerabilities through March 2010, 57 percent are no longer applicable after removing administrator rights. By comparison, Windows 2000 is at 53 percent, Windows XP is at 62 percent, Windows Server 2003 is at 55 percent, Windows Vista is at 54 percent, and Windows Server 2008 is at 53 percent. The two biggest exploited Microsoft applications also fare well: 100 percent of Microsoft Office flaws and 94 percent of Internet Explorer flaws (and 100 percent of IE8 flaws) no longer work.
Yeah right. Since by removing admin rights, most of my applications don't work properly anymore we can then all turn off our computers for the day close the office and go home.
They prompt you for the admin's password when needed. Otherwise you are running as a non-admin.
Thus making win 7, 100% useless. There is no way I could last an hour on my machine without admin rights.
and you wouldn't run windows as admin.
and homes usually don't have a systems admin so what is the point of an admin account
If all that is needed is an admin password to allow admin actions
- win 7 barks about alot of programs that I have to manually click 'ok' to run even as admin. (how can I turn that off)?
running apache from command line needs admin rights (not running as a service)