Do you use UAC in Windows?

  • Yes

    Votes: 91 85.0%
  • No

    Votes: 15 14.0%
  • No, still on Windows 3.1 or XP.

    Votes: 1 0.9%

  • Total voters
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nsm0220

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#21
The benefits of UAC far outweigh any inconveniences

UAC is native Windows security dependent upon one's point of view

The morass of ongoing confusion about UAC is Microsoft's fault; they have stated both "It is a security boundary" and "It is not a security boundary"

Whatever UAC's intent, it's pretty common sense as to its net affect for anyone who pays attention to it

The only ones that seem to vociferously complain about UAC are those users that are constantly doing stuff on their systems that require elevated privileges

Typical users have no idea what UAC is - let alone its benefits
Well programs like Shadow Defender come into play to fill the holes made by Microsoft when they made UAC.
 
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one should think why Microsoft introduced it "to irritate the user ".does any company will do this. I would like to see Windows with UAC at maximum setting by default and no option to change it
 
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UAC is a layer security. Beginners / Novice user who turn-it off should not. It will protect you :)
Requiring user input doesn't bode well for them though. Psychology is still a factor.
one should think why Microsoft introduced it "to irritate the user ".does any company will do this. I would like to see Windows with UAC at maximum setting by default and no option to change it
They wouldn't know unless they try. 'Tis why big data is big. They also tried that on Vista.
 

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I think the non-maximum UAC should be separate because some people argue that non-max UAC is not a boundary since there are ways to bypass them.
 
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A 100%, Always turn on UAC, Very Important!!!! If you turn it off and accidently download malware and run, it will run automatically without needing permission and infect the system. If you turn off UAC, You have basically allowing your system to die LOL
 

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A 100%, Always turn on UAC, Very Important!!!! If you turn it off and accidently download malware and run, it will run automatically without needing permission and infect the system. If you turn off UAC, You have basically allowing your system to die LOL
I have to correct you on UAC ; UAC is not made to block infections at all , it was made to block elevation of processes (which is a classic pattern of most malware), however if a malware doesn't need elevation, UAC won't react and you will be still infected.
 
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Yes, but I'd say at least a 60% of people click yes every time UAC appears, so having or not it's quite pointless in that case :3
Personally I'm not a lover of UAC (even If I understand it's purpose).
I open registry. Prompt. I open windows folder. Prompt. I install a program. Prompt. I copy files. Prompt.
It's a bit annoying. The only time I don't do one of these, uh oh, I allowed UAC.
I prefer to scan before install something or check in other ways before doing some strange changes.
Of course, I don't change other people UAC, but I can assure most of them click allow every single time it shows.
 
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#34
Always Notify. Sometimes I do not see UAC prompt for days, just using a browser, radio, steam games and etc.


I think the non-maximum UAC should be separate because some people argue that non-max UAC is not a boundary since there are ways to bypass them.
Most of these bypasses DO NOT work, when UAC is set to Always Notify. Like auto-elevate feature.

User Account Control: Inside Windows 7 User Account Control

This particular technique can be remediated or fixed by setting the UAC level to “Always Notify”
“Fileless” UAC Bypass Using eventvwr.exe and Registry Hijacking

UAC bypass typically uses WSH and powershell. Disable those and you are better off, but still not 100% of course.
 
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Yes, but I'd say at least a 60% of people click yes every time UAC appears, so having or not it's quite pointless in that case :3
Speaking as an MSP with thousands of endpoints, I'd say 90% click YES each time the UAC pops. The UAC isn't really important in this case, it's importance is in other aspects of running a domain controller and group policies on a business network.
 
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it's importance is in other aspects of running a domain controller and group policies on a business network.
Of course. In that case is very important.
An elevated malware spread on the whole network is not very nice to handle with ^^,
 
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#38
Permanently set on MAX. I always work in a User Acct, and ALL installs are from Admin. So no real problems with UAC. I also use SuRun, so when I do need UAC I can do it to my own account, and not run the risk of screwing something in the Admin account.

If you want security you do it properly.
 

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I use the security level 1 (do not dim), it's faster and still does its job.
Nothing unless "at Max" is safe with UAC, users have to decide between convenience or security, but most of all:.
1- Use SUA instead of Admin account so some apps won't ask for elevation all the time.
2- Don't use apps requiring elevation 30 times a day, unless your job requires it. If the case, get used to UAC's prompts.

I use SUA + UAC at Max and i enforce password/PIN prompts in alll accounts even admin one; i have elevation requests maximum one or two times a day, because i dont spend my time using tools doing admin tasks.