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A growing number of security tools are taking a new approach to
fighting malicious software. Rather than blocking each virus, they
aim to limit malware’s power to cause harm even if it gets in. One
of the better free apps that adopts this preventive strategy is
DropMyRights, a small program that opens selected programs under
limited user rights.
Developed by Michael Howard, a Microsoft senior security program
manager, it has been around since 2004; though Howard works for
Microsoft, the company doesn’t market the app. It works with any
program, but before using it you need to make some quick changes.
After installing it, you must create a shortcut for each program
that you want to use with it (or you must modify the existing one).
Howard provides full instructions with screen shots at his Microsoft
Security Developer Center page. (Note: As of 11/08, this
link no longer works, so it appears that this program is no longer
supported. We are attempting to resolve the matter.
If you click a Web link in another program, such as Word, your
default browser will start normally, without DropMyRights
protection (unless it is running with DropMyRights, too). To get
the extra security, copy and paste the link after starting your
browser via the specially prepared shortcut.
Microsoft plans to include a “protected mode” in Vista that will
run IE 7 without admin privileges, much as DropMyRights does.
Redmond is also trying to take the aggravation out of running
day-to-day with a LUA (least-privileged user account), though
current Vista betas suggest that it still has some work to do.
for more information on the new types of security tools that
proactively limit the power of viruses and other malicious software
to infiltrate and damage your system.