quote: You have reasoned quite enough and well
quote: I feel the "don't run as admin" is just a bandaid designed to hide the real problem. If you can be attacked while running admin level privileges, you have a real problem. Fix the problem...don't hide it by running as a lower-level user.
quote: I think you misunderstand me. I agree that running non-root access for day-to-day activity is a good thing. I disagree though with the implication that encouraging (or even enforcing) this behavior is the sole metric by which you judge system security.
quote: I've been using computers 25 years now, and never gotten a single virus. So the technique is, while useful, certainly not a hard and fast requirement for a desktop user.