Administrator credentials allow the user to install software, make any change to the system settings, and override local folder permissions. This might not seem like a big deal, but let’s consider the possible ways such credentials can be misused:
Unauthorized software can be installed on the computer, leading to non-work-related activities and possible computer slowdowns or shutdowns.
Unlicensed software can be installed, opening up your business to potentially hefty fines from software vendors.
Users can intentionally or unintentionally run malware, potentially risking your entire network. These are often undetectable by antivirus programs (frequently because the user specifically allows them to be executed).
If multiple users use a single PC, the administrator credential can be used to access data in other user profiles, increasing the potential threat of data breach.
Operating system settings can be altered which can have grave repercussions such as costing large amounts of money to fix.
Having credentials with a limited access might seem like an inconvenience, but this simple adjustment can be the difference between a risky and healthy secure environment.
Is your system properly configured allowing users to access the data that they are allowed to use?
Are you using an Administrator credential for your daily operations?
Do your regular users have access to your admin credential?