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Is Admin account an security risk?

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    Is Admin account an security risk?


    I've heard browsing on admin accounts puts you at a lot more risk than using a less privileged user account, what are some things I can do to make it more secure? I got UAC at the highest level but I'm not sure if that makes a big difference

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    Hello Josh,

    Being signed in to the built-in elevated "Administrator" account is more of a security risk because it's an unrestricted "elevated" account. Everything that runs (including malware) while you are signed in to this account will also be running with the same unrestricted elevated rights.

    Normally, you would get an UAC prompt anytime something wants to run elevated (Run as administrator). You do not get prompted by UAC in the built-in elevated "Administrator" account since it's already elevated.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Josh,

    Being signed in to the built-in elevated "Administrator" account is more of a security risk because it's an unrestricted "elevated" account. Everything that runs (including malware) while you are signed in to this account will also be running with the same unrestricted elevated rights.

    Normally, you would get an UAC prompt anytime something wants to run elevated (Run as administrator). You do not get prompted by UAC in the built-in elevated "Administrator" account since it's already elevated.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi, this might be a stupid question, but since I got everything setup on my User Account how I like it, is there a possible way to remove admin rights while browsing or to change the account type to non-admin?
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    It's not recommended to remove the elevated rights of the local built-in "Administrator" account since you could need it to get out of a jam in the future.

    It'll be a pain, but it would be better to create a new normal administrator account to use instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It's not recommended to remove the elevated rights of the local built-in "Administrator" account since you could need it to get out of a jam in the future.

    It'll be a pain, but it would be better to create a new normal administrator account to use instead.

    User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8
    Thanks I got 1 more question, it's been awhile since I've used an computer with more than one user account, will my security settings be in place on the new account, like my dns, file sharing turned off etc. and would my programs like my vpn and browsers be on it or would I have to re-download them
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    The programs will still be on the computer, but you'll need to create new shortcuts for them from the .exe file of the program.

    The security settings should still be set since that's a system setting, but all other personal settings will need to be set again.
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    Thanks again, just wondering would "Sandboxing" a web browser work effectively to keep malware off my computer?
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    It'll certainly help, but I don't think anything is 100%.
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    Have you ever tried Sandboxie?
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    No, but I hear it's a good choice.
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