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Old 09-15-2016, 01:24 PM   #21
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To me, this is about as convincing as having a stranger knock on the front door and say "Hey, can I see your wallet for a minute?"

If you ever get an unexpected prompt to save, run or do anything really, get out of the browser totally (and you should know how to kill it without clicking on any browser "prompts"). Then you can run any checks you want like Malwarebytes, etc. and go through your normal procedure for checking for Firefox updates or whatever it was trying to convince you to do. This is another reason people should use non-admin accounts on Windows as well, so you have to key in a password if something tries to update your system, not just click yes without thinking.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:51 PM   #22
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Twice in the past year, withing a week of using an otherwise rarely used credit card, I received and email about the cards warning me of a security breach. In both cases it was a fraud. Yet, they seemed to be able to detect that the card had been recently used by me.

I have ripped flash out out my MacBook. It's no longer worth the grief.
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... This is another reason people should use non-admin accounts on Windows as well, so you have to key in a password if something tries to update your system, not just click yes without thinking.
Nowadays I'm running Firefox in my account as administrator. I've done this for years now. It would seem to me that setting my privileges to non-administrator would be a (major?) inconvenience. In Windows 10, wouldn't I have to switch users to do admin things?

It used to be (before Win 7 I think) that there was a way to run the browser as non-admin from an admin desktop. I think the term is sandboxing? This link might be relevant for Firefox sandboxing future possibilities: https://www.currentresults.com/Ocean...nia-summer.php

I don't mind saying that when it comes to security I have a lot of insecurities i.e. I am no expert. On a scale of 1 to 10, maybe I'd be at 7. But that is a log scale I think.
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I had an Adobe Flash pop-up recently. Almost clicked it reflexively. Glad I did not.


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Nowadays I'm running Firefox in my account as administrator. I've done this for years now. It would seem to me that setting my privileges to non-administrator would be a (major?) inconvenience. In Windows 10, wouldn't I have to switch users to do admin things?
Only very rarely (once a year, if that) have I found it necessary to log in as administrator. If I want to install software or updates it does prompt for the admin password but then it goes ahead as normal.

What that does do as was pointed out is make you pause and think "What is going on that needs administrator approval?" It makes it harder for malware to sneak in.
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Nowadays I'm running Firefox in my account as administrator. I've done this for years now. It would seem to me that setting my privileges to non-administrator would be a (major?) inconvenience. In Windows 10, wouldn't I have to switch users to do admin things?

It used to be (before Win 7 I think) that there was a way to run the browser as non-admin from an admin desktop. I think the term is sandboxing? This link might be relevant for Firefox sandboxing future possibilities: https://www.currentresults.com/Ocean...nia-summer.php

I don't mind saying that when it comes to security I have a lot of insecurities i.e. I am no expert. On a scale of 1 to 10, maybe I'd be at 7. But that is a log scale I think.
No, Windows (since 7 at least) has been pretty good at prompting for permission if an install or app needs admin rights (the UAC prompt). This just ensures you can't click through it, you have to enter the admin password. I've rarely had to switch users to install something, usually it's handled just fine with a prompt for the admin password. Once software is installed, most apps run just fine without admin rights, unless it needs special access, like a hardware monitoring app for temps, fan speeds, etc. You can of course set the shortcut to such apps to run them as admin.
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Thanks. I will give non-admin browsing a try.
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