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Windows 7: Getting back my security by "fixing" User-Account

01 Nov 2010   #11
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wabbo View Post
Thanks. Assuming that UAC is turned off, is there still a difference between 64bit and 32bit (User is the same (he is not careless), Firewall and Avast Antivir turned on)? From what I read off the article, there is one because 64bit viruses need some signed drivers, but I'm not sure about it.
Will you be running as an administrator or a standard user? IMO, and many here, it is not recommended to turn UAC off. UAC, in itself, is not a security driven feature. It is first, and foremost, a convenience feature. The security that comes from UAC is that UAC allows a user to use his/her PC as a standard user, (more secure) yet still be able to have full administrative privileges without having to log off the standard account and then log onto an administrator account to perform administrative tasks. I mean, what would you rather do to perform administrative tasks, enter a password and hit enter, or, switch users and log onto an administrator account and start over again?
I don't believe security risks are any different for 32 or 64bit users.


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01 Nov 2010   #12
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Yes, 64-bit includes mandatory driver signing. In addition, 64-bit includes Kernel Patch Protection (see Kernel Patch Protection: Frequently Asked Questions for more info on Kernel Patch Protection) and support for hardware-backed Data Execution Protection (DEP) (rather than a software-based version of DEP).
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