Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260
Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85
The "portable programs are also an interesting alternative. If you're not forced to enter your admin password into an UAC box there is no chance of installing anything in the computer.
I politely disagree, malware can easily bypass uac. And portable programs can still do damage. They are less of a risk though.
Good point and certainly true. UAC can be bypassed easily, but only at the default configuration, proper security settings can mitigate that bug (bug that MS knows and refuses to fix
Portables can do damage, yes, very true, I was thinking in system-wide changes that are prevented so. BTW, that makes me remember this xkcd comic
. There we have 2 extra mitigation measures, running with low integrity or run as another user so that programs lose access to our data, that UAC will of course not protect.
It could be an interesting discussion and a lot of options exist, but that's another history