Limited account vs Admin Account

By GBE300
Oct 11, 2006
  1. Hello all.

    I am back with another question. It has been a few weeks and having secured the heck out of my network all 3 PC's are doing great and I am having no issues.

    I set them all up using the instructions in this great post:

    "Prevent infections by making windows more secure..."

    Thanks for this really very much.

    QUESTION: So now I am wondering having set up limited and safe admin accounts if its worth the trouble?

    Can I get some detailed information on how much safer or unsafe it is to use either account type for my main daily use?

    As stated above I have my PCs set up as recommended and behind an extra router which is my gateway thru the ADSL Router. Just wondering what I am getting for the extra hassle of using a limited account and if I use a admin account how much more dangerous would it be.

    Thanks in advance for the always great advice.

  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    An optimist.We like that. :)

    It`s generally considered a good idea to run from a limited account,for day to day use.

    It really depends how confident you are of avoiding hackers and trojans.

    If your behind a router,and use a software firewall,and don`t download

    trojans,and have followed all the other advice in that security thread,using the admin is probably OK.
  3. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    If you are the only one who touches the system, IMO, would just leave it in the admin account. If you have other people on the system and do not want them to download software, install hardware etc.. then I would setup a limited account with a generic password so everyone else can use that account.
  4. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    If you do loads of networking, installing programs, printers, edited the system like the registry and services etc... then just stay as an admin.

    But once the system is set up the way you want it, and all you do is use a handful of programs, print stuff, browse the web; then using the limited adds an extra level of protection.

    The main diff between the two is easy to find with a google search, Microsoft lists them. It's mainly related to networking and installing things. And limited access to system changes.
  5. GBE300

    GBE300 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Its really a convinence issue. To be honest I am getting sick of having to use "run as" to start online games as the admin (when logged into the limited account) and some other programs in order for them to work from the limited account. Also I am still trying to set up my internal network just right (most likely be posting about that soon if it doesnt get working correctly).

    I do very much like the fact that it adds the extra safety of not being able to install so anything that comes across the wire can't imbed itself. I am a pretty safe web surfer and 90% of my online time is for gaming and/or Downloading bit torrents (using trust worth sites and clients).
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    This is the norm for computer admins; Install and maintain from a privileged account and
    perform application activity on a limited account -- true even for Unix systems.

    I run my XP/Home laptop this way, and while it can be inconvenient if you perform a lot of installs,
    it sure improves the security while surfing or when there's Shared Folders.
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