Re: Best explanation why NOT to run as administrator/root

Subject: Re: Best explanation why NOT to run as administrator/root
From: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:12:12 -0400

On 4/30/13 12:18 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> I'm resisting the temptation to "out" him, and instead am thinking of logging in as Administrator myself, changing the password, and then sharing that only with our manager.
> This could cause some bad blood, so if there's a good "here, read this; I'm not making this up" site or page or blog that might be persuasive to an otherwise reasonably sane person... I'd rather try that first.

Create a new user named "Nobody" and grant it full administrator
privileges and add it to the SYSTEM group. Revoke administrator
privileges from the "Administrator user, remove it from all system
groups, etc.

If your coworker is truly that ignorant, he won't notice, you won't need
to argue about his usage of the "Administrator" account, and he still
won't understand why things don't work for him, but at least he won't
think logging in as "Administrator" is the solution: he might actually
learn to *fix* the problems he's facing.

Dossy Shiobara | "He realized the fastest way to change
dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com | is to laugh at your own folly -- then you | can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)
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