In computing, privilege is defined as the delegation of authority over a computer system. A privilege is a permission to perform an action.

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How do you lock specific folders in Windows 7 without having to specify user privileges?

I have an external hard drive hooked up to my Windows 7 machine, and I would like to lock a folder with a password so that nobody can access it through my computer (or any other USB-connected machine) ...
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How can I tell whether a process is running with administrator permissions?

I'm using Windows Vista, with UAC enabled. I've installed an application, and the installer required admin privileges. The installer then started the application. I'd like to know if the application ...
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How can I install DropBox without root privileges?

Is it possible to install Dropbox without root privileges in Linux? I've tried to install it at my university, using the sources found here, but I seem to need to enter the root password (which of ...
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How do I run the Windows 7 Explorer shell with Administrator Privileges by default?

The Windows 7 shell (Explorer) can be made to run with Administrator privileges by this manual process: Kill Explorer shell by holding down Shift+Ctrl, right-clicking the Shut down button in the ...
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Change EUID of running process

On Linux, how can I change EUID of running process from command line (provided I have root access)?
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How to run program from command line with elevated rights

Is there a way to run a program or command with elevated rights when I am already in a non-elevated command line? Exactly the same action that would be performed when I click on the program shortcut ...
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Why don't I have the right to create a text file in my root directory?

When I right-click in a window showing my C:\ directory in Windows 7 and try to create a new text file, I get an error message: "A required privilege is not held by the client." Why is this and how ...
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How to run applications with elevated privilges in Ubuntu using the GUI

Is it possible to launch an application with elevated privilidges using the GUI in Ubuntu 9.04? Maybe something similar to the right-click / "Run as Administrator" in Windows Vista? For example, I ...
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Java Plugin a huge security risk? How to preseve Java plugin from privilege escalation?

Installing a regular Java plugin is IMHO a real security risk for non-IT people. Normally Java applets run in a sandbox and the applet cannot do anything harmful to your computer. If an applet, ...
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Is there any 'sudo' command for Windows?

I always work on a non-administrator account on my Windows computer. Sometimes I need to install programs which requires administrator access. As I mostly use the Windows command prompt, is there a ...
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“run as administrator” in standard user account

how can I run command prompt as administrator from a standard user account? The "run as" does not appear to work, neither does the CTRL-SHIFT-ENTER trick. I think it is because I am logged in as a ...
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Run MSI files as administrator from a user account

I'm usually logged in as a normal user on my Windows XP box. Sometimes, when I want to install a software update, I don't want to log off and log on again as admin, but I right-click the installer exe ...
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Install Silverlight for Mozilla Firefox without administrative privileges

Is there any way I can install silverlight plugin for Firefox without admin privileges? For Flash there's an .xpi extension so that I can install it on Firefox Portable.
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...