Thu, Dec 23 2004 13:53
Use Firefox/Mozilla for a safer system
Eweek today has an article that says for “me” to be safer I need to use an alternative browser. But today I'm giving myself my Christmas present early. I'm wacking my registry via group policy to run in User mode[a]. And you know what I found? That Mozilla/Thunderbird will not work in EITHER user mode or power user mode. You have to run as local administrator for it to work.
That's right, I have to run in a manner that I'm not willing to run in anymore in this firm to load a program that Steven Vaughan-Nichols says will keep me safer. [I'm 99% sure that Firefox also puts in the profile in a protected space but I'll go download it on this machine to triple check].
See the error message I get when trying to run in User or Power user mode?
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Next, in order to have Mozilla to access the web here at the office I would have to adjust the firewall to allow “unauthenticated outbound connections” [in other words turn off “egress” or outbound filtering.
Again, how is this making me more secure?
Can someone explain how leaving myself in administrator mode, and opening up my firewall more is going to give me a “safer system” here? I'm still scratching my head how this is going to make me more secure.
Remember what I blogged about the other day? I don't trust ANY browser and thing they should all be considered "untrustworthy". All of them ask too much trust of me these days. And especially when they want me to run as Administrator.
[a] I'll be blogging more about this process but it's in the next Harry B. book.
P.S. I chose the 'standard' Mozilla/Thunderbird settings.
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