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You figure you are smarter than all the virus writers and hackers in the
I've been reading about how even an OpenBSD administrator ran into
trouble with a hacker. His summation was to be thankful he was running
as a user on OpenBSD.
If you are using Windows and running as Administrator, you are trailing
your feet in shark infested waters.
These two statements are paradoxical I'm afraid.
The problem is that if any of the internet facing software you run is
exploited (by known, or future vulnerabilities), the malware will be
executed with Administrator privs rather than plain user privs.
If you do most of your day to day stuff as joe user, and escalate to
administrator only for things that require admin privs
(e.g. isntalling programs), you're far safer in day to day use.
If you've never worked on a proper multi user operatings sytem (unix
and friends, or mainframe systems, etc), this may seem alien to you,
however. Rest assured though, windows is nearly the only OS that
seems to ship with a regular user defaulting to being a full computer