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Re: Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages
From: Morrow Long <morrow.long () YALE EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:30:42 -0500

Disadvantages

User cannot install or update some software immediately - have to wait for
desktop support.

 

This is a disadvantage :-?

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Shalla, Kevin
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:24 PM
To: SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
Subject: [SECURITY] Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages

 

I'm trying to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of prohibiting
administrator access for users of Windows computers.  Can you provide
feedback on what I have below?  By the way, what's an example of software
that is generally prohibited?  Is BitTorrent an example?  Is it common?

 

Advantages

Most malware stays on one user profile, so other users on same machine are
unaffected.  Deleting the profile can remove the malware. Prohibited (by
policy) software doesn't get installed.  Combinations of software known to
be problematic are not installed (like multiple active versions of
antivirus).

 

Disadvantages

User cannot install or update some software immediately - have to wait for
desktop support.

 

Kevin Shalla

 


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