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Windows Admin account and password security issue

Discussion in 'General Security' started by etaf, Nov 21, 2014.

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  1. etaf

    etaf Moderator Thread Starter

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    Windows Admin account and password security issue

    I had a message today that a UK TV program suggest that all windows accounts should be password protected.

    I also noticed that PCs are now often preset up , recently a ASUS system was setup - so that when switched ON , you do not have to setup - it takes you directly to the start screen, and with no user password

    Most of my users are elderly and passwords do get them confused sometimes- so with new PCs , we tend to set-up 1 account , that logs in automatically and do not use a password
    But ensure, UAC set any program trying to run will prompt for permission

    Is there a huge security advantage in having a windows login - for a single user , who does not have any one else in the home and the PC does not leave the house .

    I'm trying to find the program in UK that may have made quite a few people unsure of their security now.

    I guess then a we should also setup a user account and not use the admin account, if we are trying to avoid potential malware using the admin account etc

    Thanks
    Wayne
     
  2. lunarlander

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    A standard account will stop some hacker/malware from owning the machine right off upon infection. But some malware will still function in a standard account.

    Depending on whether your users do online banking and do online purchases, you might want to install some kind of anti-keylogging program to foil somebody capturing passwords and credit card info. I use Zemana.
     
  3. etaf

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    Thanks for that,

    thats what I thought as well, a virus will get by anyway. So i setup most machines to not use a password, just wanted to be sure , as this TV programme may have a few people asking to have passwords added, and if thats what they want , i can do that , but just wanted to make sure theres not a huge security advantage
     
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