[quote=“Sean, post:10, topic:398413, full:true”]When I was at college, it was similar - Students could not install software. Only the IT staff had accounts with Admin privileges. [/quote]Same here where I work if you tried to install software the Admin login kicks in blocking any installs. And they also have software blocks to prevent people from going to sites not approved as safe sites to go to or view.
[quote=“Sean, post:10, topic:398413, full:true”]However, the lack of admin rights did not stop infections spreading to everyone’s e-mail account. For example, while limited user accounts stopped viruses being able to install to run on boot, it had no effect on Word macro infections. Obviously students need access to Word and Microsoft did not provide a way to block macros back then ~2000. [/quote]That is a MS Office oversight and if they updated their Office correctly they could’ve also got updates to block those Macro infections but then again why are they running Macros they don’t know what the Macros is suppose to do? Wasn’t their education suppose to broaden their horizons to know more before clicking???
[quote=“Sean, post:10, topic:398413, full:true”]Of course with many students never encountering a virus before, they opened every e-mail and of course once Melissa and the “I love you” viruses struck, everyone got hit with an inbox full of e-mails with the infection. The college had to disable e-mail for a while to clear the infections.[/quote]If you get email with odd name or asking for money or love you should already suspect something is fishy here. Doesn’t take a Einstein to know this part.
[quote=“Sean, post:10, topic:398413, full:true”]At that time, another issue was “privilege escalating infections”, as Windows 2000 did not offer any sort of data execution protection. This meant that there were many infections that exploited vulnerabilities to run as a system process from a limited user account, requiring the user to do little more than view an infected JPEG or website in Internet Explorer. These are quite rare now although I wonder if this NHS issue was such an infection that could take hold of a system from a limited user account.[/quote]This is called the famous P09rn picture where they like what they see and click on it causing the infection now if they just keep it in their pants then they don’t have to worry about this but know people they want what others have. But if they have to click on it that usually tells something about their so called love life.