You know the best way to limit what malware can do on your system? Limit what YOU can do! Software on computers generally inherits the privileges of the current user. The problem is that the default account that comes with all computers has full administrator privileges – you can do anything. And whatever you can do, malware can also do. The solution is to always have a non-admin account that you use for day-to-day activities, reserving your admin account for very special tasks. According to experts, using a non-admin account could have mitigated 80% of critical Microsoft bugs in 2017.

I’ll also talk about Chrome’s new “ad filter” that falls well short, a bug on Apple devices that will allow a single character to crash your messaging apps, a new “turducken” Microsoft vulnerability, a nasty Skype bug that Microsoft claims takes “too much effort to fix”, and a new Facebook app feature called “protect” that should really be called “spy”.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.