Date Added: Jun 2011
Microsoft provides an executive summary during patch releases to provide details about each security bulletin. In this overview, Microsoft highlights those vulnerabilities that are mitigated when local logged on users do not have administrative rights. A review of all the software updates that Microsoft released in 2010 demonstrates that month after month there are vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office that are mitigated when the user is not running with administrator privileges. Simply stated, when end users do not have administrator rights, the desktop is less vulnerable to a variety of malware.