How to check if you have admin rights and why you should check.

One of the easiest routes for Cyber criminals to install Malware onto your system is by using an email attachment. Every day a large number of emails are being sent to businesses with all sorts of virus laden attachments. These emails may be random attack emails or socially engineered, that is, cleverly personalised to you.

In the majority of circumstances the email would have been identified as infected and your anti-malware software would have filtered it out before reaching your Inbox. However, this is a changing game for the attackers and inevitably some emails will get through the defences. It is at this point when the user’s system can be vulnerable.

The likelihood may still remain that a malware laden email attachment is opened and if so, there is another layer defence namely, Admin Rights..

A user account which does not have Admin Rights will not be able to install applications and will have limits on the system changes that can be made. This layer of defence can be very effective in preventing malware from entering the system and worse still the entire network.

How to check if you have admin rights:-

Windows 10 & 8

  1. Right-click the “Start” button, then select “System“.
  2. Choose the “Advanced system settings” link in the left pane.
  3. Select the “Computer Name” tab.

Windows 7 & Vista

  1. Click the Windows orb.
  2. Right-click “Computer“.
  3. Choose “Properties“.
  4. Select “Advanced system settings“.
  5. Select the “Computer Name” tab.

Mac OS

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click “Users & Groups
  3. Review account status shown below each registered user

In some network based scenarios, the admin function may rest with a selected number of your IT team members.
It is good practice to use an account with only Standard rights on a day to day basis and, where applicable, to have a second account with Admin rights that can be used as and when required.