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Ok, please forgive my naivety (and IN-experience) and allow me to see if I've got this right ...

1. My "Admin." Password (on Vista Home Basic Edition) is simply a filter, or layer of protection LOCALLY (here at my PC) ONLY - correct?? Or could it have something to do ("POTENTIALLY") with internet vulnerability? For instance, say I get ad/mal/spyware (such as a "key-logger" or whatever, on my PC), can "it" then potentially figure-out my ADMIN. PASSWORD???

I'm finding myself further and further "protected", as I visit websites etc., but mostly, it seems that I'm protecting myself, FROM MYSELF (???). It's all becoming VERY confusing. I've set-up a "Master Password" in my Firefox browser, then, as I venture further into the internet, and set-up more accounts, I find myself getting more and more complex (COMPLICATED), when it should actually be just the opposite - shouldn't it?? Theoretically, shouldn't it be just the opposite, with my "filters" becoming less obtrusive (to me), as I get further into the Cyber-World??


"Con-fused" ...

Edited by grc1, 17 February 2008 - 03:35 PM.

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Anything that gains access to your computer could potentially get your password(s). As long as your computer accesses the internet it is potentially at risk of someone getting into it, having the admin password for a system makes things easier for people that would compromise systems.

Because malicious software and attacks are becoming so 'run of the mill' unfortunately these days people need something to guard them from these kind of attacks. Of course it gets complicated, but if things are simple for you as a normal average person, imagine how much simpler it would make it for a person that spends all their time compromising other people's computers.

The only way to be 100% safe on the internet is not to use it :)
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