The Danger of Using Administrator Account

New Zealand Computing Solutions
2 min readJan 23, 2023

It’s common for users to log in to their computers using an administrator account, which provides them with full access to all of the system’s files and settings. While this can be convenient, it’s important to understand the potential risks of using your computer as an administrator. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the reasons why you should avoid using your computer as an administrator, and what you can do instead to protect your system and your data.

One of the main risks of using your computer as an administrator is that it can make your system more vulnerable to malware and other forms of attack. When you log in as an administrator, you are giving any malware or malicious software that you come into contact with full access to your system. This can allow the malware to install itself, change system settings, or steal sensitive information without your knowledge.

Another risk of using your computer as an administrator is that it can make it easier for attackers to gain access to your system. If an attacker is able to compromise your administrator account, they will be able to do anything they want on your system, including deleting or modifying files, installing malware, or even taking control of your computer remotely.

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So what can you do instead? One option is to create a separate, non-administrator account for your daily use, and only use your administrator account when you need to perform specific tasks that require elevated privileges. This will help to reduce the risks of malware and other attacks, while still giving you the ability to perform administrative tasks when needed.

In summary, using your computer as an administrator can increase the risks of malware and other attacks, and should be avoided whenever possible. By creating a separate, non-administrator account for your daily use and using tools like UAC, you can help to protect your system and your data from these threats.

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