Meet the IsAdmin Developer

Why was IsAdmin created?

Back in the days of Windows XP, applications (including browsers) were started with all privileges of the user who started them, which is often a lot, as being logged in as an Administrator is not an uncommon thing to do on Windows. Then, if there's a security hole (a.k.a. vulnerability) in your browser, malicious websites could use this hole to damage or gain control over your computer. Therefore, tools such as DropMyRights were created to remove these often unneeded privileges from selected applications as they start. Great for security, but usability and peace of mind would be even better if you could easily see whether the Administrator privileges have indeed been disabled. This is exactly what IsAdmin does, by means of a small, unobtrusive icon.

Things have gotten a little better with the introduction of User Account Control (UAC) on Windows Vista and 7/8, which requires confirmation before an application is granted extended privileges. However, there are still cases in which UAC restrictions might not be in effect. You or another Administrator might have deactivated UAC, or you opened your browser by clicking on a link in an application that already went through the UAC permission dialog (Opening an advisory from within Secunia PSI would be a good example of this). Therefore, IsAdmin retains its original use on these Windows versions.

What's next for IsAdmin

No major feature additions are currently planned for IsAdmin, as I think it's clean and effective as it is right now (a toolbar button is available too now). Of course, if you come up with a feature that you think really shouldn't be missing, feel free to tell me.

IsAdmin will be upgraded to support future updates of Firefox and Windows, though (for instance, the upgrade for Firefox 4.0 was a pretty tough one from a developer perspective).

About the Developer

Developer Information
Name VDT Software
Location The Netherlands
Occupation Software developer
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 2 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Who is VDT Software?

Hello, I am a software developer from The Netherlands. My day job is not Mozilla-related. In my spare time, I produce these add-ons (among other things). Enjoy!