CTRL ALT DEL? Is it really needed on stand-alone machine?

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    CTRL ALT DEL? Is it really needed on stand-alone machine?


    I am running a Standalone Windows 10, meaning it is not on a Domain connected environment and addition to that, I NEVER access my laptop remotely. So my question being, do I really need to set the CTRL ALT DEL requirement when signing on to my laptop?

    Maybe it is not really required for Standalone machines, but do you think it will add an additional layer of security?
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  3. Posts : 193
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    Hello, I use an iMac keyboard with no delete key, only backspace. Never been a problem, it would have been handy a couple of times. My machine is standalone with a local account.
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  4. Posts : 651
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    Thanks!

    I guess itís not really a requirement for recent versions of Windows. Maybe some organizations do prefer it and some donít.
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    It can prevent some remote hacks, since it requires user's interaction unlike UAC.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    It can prevent some remote hacks, since it requires user's interaction unlike UAC.
    Unlike UAC? Doesn't UAC always require user interaction?
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    The 3-finger-salute was required on Windows NT on company Networks to assure the correct user logged in, also available on stand-alone or consumer machines as an option when using a password or PIN associated with it. I use it a lot as there's more on the choices than just the logging in, such as opening Task Manager if right-click of the Taskbar doesn't work, Sign out, Lock, Switch User, etc.
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    win10freak said:
    Maybe it is not really required for Standalone machines, but do you think it will add an additional layer of security?
    The only advantage is mentioned in the first paragraph of the tutorial:

    This guarantees that the authentic Windows sign-in screen appears, protecting the system from programs that mimic a sign-in to retrieve password information.

    How to Enable or Disable Secure Sign-in with Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows 10
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    NMI said:
    Unlike UAC? Doesn't UAC always require user interaction?
    UAC can be bypassed, but physically pressing 3 keys, not really. Not sure, if even a script could do those.
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  10. Posts : 1,234
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    Clearly CTRL ALT DEL isn't needed on a standalone home computer. If it was Microsoft would not have provided any other option. Going back as far as XP another option has been available and is the default. Most home users aren't even aware there is any other way.

    CTRL ALT DEL was introduced in NT as a security measure. NT was originally intended for business and professional use where the security was important. It was not intended for home use. NT was expensive and required what was then high end hardware. In 1993 when NT was first introduced most home users were using 16 bit Windows, Windows 95 being not yet available.

    If you really want the added security of CTRL ALT DEL the option is there. But you would be in a small minority.
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