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A Reminder About Administrative Rights

Years ago, we blogged about why having administrative rights over your computer is not the great thing that it sounds like. A recent study by Avecto underscores this point and reminds us why you don’t want them (all the time). The study states “Analysis of Microsoft Security Bulletins from 2013 highlights that 92% of Critical vulnerabilities would be mitigated by removing admin rights across an enterprise.”

Translation: “You can stop 92% of all of the bad stuff happening on your network by having to enter a password on those rare occasions when you need to install or update software on your computer.” Is that really so bad?