Any security advantages in using a Standard Account in Vista?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Blackcat, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. Blackcat

    Blackcat Registered Member

    Nov 22, 2002
    Christchurch, UK
    On a standalone computer with only one user is there any enhanced Security in using a Standard user account? .

    Compared to the default Admin account are there any other major (security) differences apart from just slowing me down by having to type in my password.?

    One difference I have found is that for some reason the Standard account runs a lot faster :p o_O
  2. Lucy

    Lucy Registered Member

    Apr 25, 2006
    In LUA, the system runs at least privileges, even explorer.
    In admin, UAC deprives upon execution, and asks for user to make a choice when necessary. It works the other way around. It is neither logical, nor good in terms of security.

    If you are constantly putting your pasword on UAC, either you didn't fully configure your user account, or you are using badly written apps. Configure your LUA, and put UAC in quiet mode thanks to TweakUAC and it should be better when under LUA.

    You know, UAC is not a security tool and was not primarily designed for this purpose.

    I quote from a M$ MVP:
    The fact that the default (protected) admin account actually has
    the user running limited, makes people think it is okay to run in this
    account for their day to day activities. It should be pointed out that
    even in Vista you should create a standard user account for yourself and
    everyone else that uses the computer. For the occasional administrative
    task you can supply credentials at the consent prompt. If you are going
    to do alot of admin stuff - use whatever admin account suits you.
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  4. MrBrian

    MrBrian Registered Member

    Feb 24, 2008

    See also this thread.
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