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In article <otggfv$j07$1@gioia.aioe.org>, Mayayana<mayayana@invalid.nospam> wrote:

>   Not running as admin will help a little bit, but personally
> I don't think it's worth the hassle. 

actually, it helps a *lot*. as in, block almost all of it.

<https://www.tomsguide.com/us/standard-accounts-stop-malware,news-183...
html>
  "Ninety-two percent of all vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft with
  a critical severity rating can be mitigated by removing admin
  rights," states the enterprise-security firm Avecto, of Manchester,
  England, in a new report.

  "Removing admin rights would mitigate 96 percent of critical
  vulnerabilities affecting Windows operating systems, 91 percent of
  critical vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office and 100 percent
  of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer," Avecto said.

> Creating user
> restrictions has just forced malware writers to find
> ways to bypass restrictions.

which is generally difficult, and there are enough people who run as
admin for there to be plenty of targets, making it not very worthwhile
to bypass anything.

>   There's also the so-called social engineering angle:
> Getting people to click links in emails that look official,
> for instance.

that's the biggest weakness and one that is very difficult to fix.

even security researchers who know better can sometimes be tricked.

>    The one arguable advantage with Win10 is the
> constant updating.

it's a huge advantage, although it can be annoying at times.

> But that's also a vulnerrability,
> a potential destabilizer, a privacy issue, and renders
> Win10 a changing product. 

nonsense.

> You might not want all
> those changes.

nearly everyone does. 

security patches, bug fixes and new features are a good thing.

> If you like Win10 then I doubt there's
> any big security risk in using it. But security is not
> a reason to switch to Win10.

it's a very good reason.