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Admins install viruses, not users!

A bouncer keeps trouble makers out; so does an Administrator. But it gets a bit chaotic if everyone's allowed in

Published 29/06/22 09:38 PM

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Written by Dean Harries

You don't need to know everything about permission levels. But it's important to understand the difference between an Administrator Vs a User account and how their permissions affect what can be done on a computer.

Firstly, what is a virus?

Viruses, malware & ransomware are software. Software is basically an executable file(s) that has a function(s) and performs an action(s) once executed.

The same way a calculator can be programed to give you the correct answer(s), it can be "maliciously" programed to give you the wrong answer(s).

The intent of the software is key; what it's used for and what it's going to do.

Admins Vs Users

Admin accounts inherit the permissions to install software. The problem is, viruses are software. If an admin account executes a malicious file, it receives the same permissions as the admin and can do whatever it's programed to do.

User accounts don't inherit this ability, if they try to run an executable that has not been installed or whitelisted by an admin, they are asked to enter the administrator password.

This is important because a virus doesn't always need a physical click to be executed. Without the admin account password, the executable can't continue to open.

How do you protect yourself and your business?

Don't give staff administrator accounts, unless there's a good reason.

Use a user account, know the software you're trying to install, and enter your admin password if you need to install the software.

Then like the bouncer, you'll know who's on the list and can keep trouble makers out.

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