Thursday, June 22, 2006

Security Developer Center: Columns: Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator

Security Developer Center: Columns: Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator:

Running with an administrative account is dangerous to the health of your computer and your data.' So, whenever someone says they must operate their computers as administrators, I always try to persuade them it's not the correct thing to do from a security perspective. That said, every once in a while I meet someone who has a valid reason. For example, I use one of the computers in my office to install the latest daily build of Windows, and I need to be an administrator to install the OS. However, and this is a big point, I do not read e-mail, browse the Web, or access the Internet in any form when running as an administrator on that machine. And I do not do so because the Web is the source of most of the nasty attacks today.

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