How to surf the web and read e-mail (and other things) safely in XP & Server 2003

By Mictlantecuhtli
Dec 16, 2004
  1. No, I'm not saying install this and this application. This is an article I came across in Microsoft Security Developer Center.

    By default, XP's users have administrative rights. This also means any applications they're running have the same rights as well, so they could do Bad Things if something would go wrong.

    But here's something that helps: Windows XP, Server 2003 and later have Software Restriction Policies that can be used to launch applications with less rights to do things. With these restrictions, for example Internet Explorer wouldn't be able to write (or scripts started by IE) to \windows\system32 directory or delete registry keys.

    Using these policies requires a small application called DropMyRights.

    Read the whole article here:

    Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator
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