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Tuesday 29 March 2016

Quick Bytes - 9 Out Of 10 Windows Security Flaws Could Be Avoided By Just Removing Admin Rights

Quick Bytes - The security firm Avecto has just released its security report for Windows operating systems; The report outlines an important result stating that 9-out-of-10 Windows security flaws could be mitigated by simply removing a user’s admin rights.
The security report states that about 85% of critical Windows flaws could have been stopped before they entered your PC and affected the system files. The firm has compared the annual trends and reported a 52% rise in the number of vulnerabilities reported.

The 2015 report explores the vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Office, Windows Server, Internet Explorer, and more. The trends observed are:

1. 85% of all Critical vulnerabilities documented in the report can be mitigated by removing admin rights

2. 99.5% of all vulnerabilities reported in Internet Explorer in 2015 could be mitigated by removing admin rights

3. 82% of all vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office in 2015 could be mitigated by removing admin rights

Lots of people don't understand the meaning of administrator accounts, most users by default are "administrators" on their computer. These accounts give the user access to everything and the same privileges are invaded by a malware that strikes your system. So, a hacker can access your private data and modify Windows system files. Most businesses tend to provide lower permissions to their users to mitigate the malware risks.

Stay tuned for a blog post on how to make your computer more secure soon!

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