RV_ Posted February 5, 2016 Report Share Posted February 5, 2016 A new report out after a year of study finds that almost nine-out-of-ten vulnerabilities targeting Windows last year could have been prevented by removing accounts with administrative rights! Excerpt: "Most security vulnerabilities affecting Windows last year could've been mitigated in most cases by removing access to administrator rights, according to a report. The report, released on Thursday by security firm Avecto (http://learn.avecto.com/2015-microsoft-vulnerabilities-report ) said a total of 85 percent of critical flaws affecting the operating system could've been stopped at the gate, and prevented from spreading deep into system files. The report said that removing admin rights could've mitigated more than 99 percent of flaws affecting Internet Explorer, which had a critical-rated flaw almost every month; and mitigated 82 percent of all vulnerabilities affecting Office. The company analyzed the entire batch of vulnerabilities in Microsoft's monthly security patch update, dubbed Patch Tuesday, to see which flaws would be less impacted whose logged-in accounts "are configured to have fewer user rights on the system." Out of the entire batch of vulnerabilities reported, 63 percent would be mitigated or unexploitable if admin rights were removed." The whole article with related links is here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/most-windows-flaws-mitigated-by-removing-admin-rights-says-report/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61 Simple solution? Make another user account without admin privileges and use it whenever online. Most folks can figure out a good way to switch back and forth. If you aren't sure just Google creating a User account for your Version of Windows. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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