Administrator Account vs Standard/Limited User Account

Do you use mostly admin or standard/limited account?

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Level 26
Content Creator
Oct 23, 2014
Since this a security forum, I thought it would be nice to see how many of our members bother creating a Standard User Account or simply use the default Admin User Account.

Anyone is free to explain their own reasoning for choosing a type of account if he/she wants to.

Currently I use a Standard User Account. Decided to try one a few days ago, and so far I like it. I don't find it that much annoying or bothersome(so far)


Level 37
Feb 4, 2016
I'm mostly using the admin account with UAC enabled. But i also have on every machine
a standard user account. Some time ago i could read that:
*) only the standard acc. have the full protection.
*) The Admin account (even with UAC enabled) does NOT have the full protection....

but on the other side i also coulld read several times that it's safe to use an admin account with UAC enabled...
so i still don't know exactly what to do... and I'm stll looking for informations on the web to answaer this question


Level 24
Sep 17, 2013
go for admin account with UAC set at highest.

UAC was developed because people were not using the standard account.

i find standard account annoying. i frequently install and update software's. So standard account does not help.

i think UAC is all about securing windows OS files.
but the most important thing to protect is user data files. SO you need to take other measures to protect your data files.

Deleted member 178

From Fixer (ReHIPS dev.)

- Elevated admin: Maximum access rights, can read+write from everywhere across file system and registry.

- Non-elevated admin (LUA): Slightly restricted read rights (some files may be SYSTEM read-only, but elevated admin can take the ownership and grant any access rights to itself and LUA can't do it, but there are few system locations like this+other users' profile folders and registry hives are also inaccessible) and restricted write rights (restricted for the same reason as reading is restricted, but there are significantly more locations, like Program Files, Windows, System32, etc and HKLM registry hive). But this user is vulnerable to LUA elevation and may become elevated admin.

- Non-admin user ( SUA): The same as LUA, but without elevation vulnerability for the cost of usability.


Level 8
Nov 25, 2014
To be honest I'm too lazy & can't bother to type my password again & again while working, I really don't like limitations so I never go with standard user account, there's nothing to worry as I never try anything random, ublock keeps chrome safe from random adds, mbae protects from exploits, anti virus or anti malware keeps computer safe from viruses, still if anything happens firewall is always there in the backup...


On Linux I always use limited account.

On Windows I always used Administrator account, I didn't see the point of using limited account since I was the only one using my PC and most of the time the user will install the malware.


Level 20
Jul 29, 2014
Always used an Admin account, and always will. It would be way too much of an hassle for me to go around my system faily with a Standard user account.