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taffy078 "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
Contributor 25th Mar, 2013 08:53
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Below is a link to an article that I found interesting and easy to understand, especially some of the comments. The first thing that I did after reading it was to creat a new Profile for myself for Day-to-Day use, one with Limited not Administrator use.

What do you folks think?

http://www.pctechbytes.com/security/pctechbytes-co...

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taffy078 RE: "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
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I should also have asked if I am the only one here who has been using an Administrator profile for day-to-day use. When it's pointed out not to do that, it's obvious but . .

Is there anyone else 'guilty as charged'? ;o)

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taffy078 RE: "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
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Well - I'm now using my basic/limited profile. The first impact is that I can't run PSI v2! I need Administrator privileges for that.

I'm sure I'll get used to it and the benefits outweigh any downside but I'm wondering now what other programs will be affected.

(PS I do realise that updates etc must be done via my new administrator profile.)

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ddmarshall RE: "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
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I think just about every Windows system set up by a non-technical person runs as an Administrator because that's the way it gets configured out of the box. This is the reason why Microsoft introduced UAC in Vista.

You can get problems running without admin privileges on XP but ,on Vista or later, if you try to do something that requires administrator privileges, you should get a UAC prompt for the password for an administrator account and then run that process in the context of the admin account. Personally, I prefer to switch to an admin account to install software after encountering some problems in the early days with starting an install in a standard user account and switching to admin halfway through. I don't think this is as much of a problem these days as the software writers have caught up with UAC.

As an extra paranoid user, I usually create more than one Administrator account. If it looks like the profile has been corrupted, it can just be deleted and you can carry on with a new account instead of spending ages trying to fix it.

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Anthony Wells RE: "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
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Hi taffy ,

Thank you for the useful link ; I'm pretty sure I have given you this link before but it may help others (and you) to see the options (including LUA) to running as an "unprotected" admin :-

http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-to-secure-your...

I have been using Sandboxie for as long as I have had a PC (huge thanks to Gizmo for recommending it and the OSI/PSI) and it has saved me many times on my learning curve .

Take care

Anthony




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taffy078 RE: "Eight Great Tips for Paranoid PC Users" (that's probably me.
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Thanks ddmarshall & Anthony. Appreciated.

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