Friday February 05, 2016

Most Windows Security Flaws Mitigated By 'Removing Admin Rights'

According to a new report, almost ninety percent of vulnerabilities targeting Windows last year could have been prevented by removing administrative rights.

The report, released on Thursday by security firm Avecto said a total of 85 percent of critical flaws affecting the operating system could've been stopped at the gate, and prevented from spreading deep into system files. Administrator accounts are common among consumer and home PCs, because they give users access to everything on the computer. But malware, when it strikes, also gets the same privileges. That means malware or hackers can modify core Windows files, and steal or destroy data.