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    UAC Windows 7 Pro

    As sole user on my PC I run UAC as administrator. Do I need a second account and if so why?

    Many thanks

    DaveBRenn

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    Dave, my sincerest welcome to the Lounge. New members are greatly appreciated.

    Many believe your PC will be more secure by using a limited account for your daily computing and surfing. I only have the administrator account and feel very secure with my computing. I believe having a multi-layered security scheme is more important than using a limited account. I suppose if I were giving access to my PC to someone else I would set up a limited account for them. I also believe having a password protected account so others have a more difficult time using my PC is also more important than having a limited user account.
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    Dave,

    I fully agree with Ted and that is how I run all my machines w/nary a virus in the last 20 years. That said I do practice safe computing, e.g.
    • No porn or cracker/warez sites
    • Facebook locked down to Friends Only
    • Multiple email accounts {one for financial, one for posting, one for shopping, one for friends only}
    • Use strong passwords and a different one for every site, I use RoboForm to manage/create them although there are good free programs to do the same.
    • Popup blockers
    • Anti-virus,
    • Software and hardware firewalls
    • Secondary virus & spyware programs {all free versions}
    • Most important Image Backups at regular intervals and data backups almost daily using RoboCopy.

    Another important factor is to really read what it says on the screen BEFORE clicking on anything!

    Good Luck and Welcome to the Lounge.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    I agree with the steps Rg has mentioned except I use LastPass password manager rather than Roboform. Unexpected pop ups should be closed with Task Manager rather than the X in the upper right corner. I create a new Image whenever I make any change in my PC (updates, apps installed or uninstalled, etc) and backup data whenever changes take place. My PC is more for my personal enjoyment rather than work so data backups do not need to be done daily.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    Many thanks Ted and RG for your prompt and very helpful replies. Greatly appreciated. I also use LastPass and run Kaspersky 2011 anti virus.
    I back up once a week as I also only use my PC for my own enjoyment.
    Once again many thanks
    Kind Regards
    DaveBRenn

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