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N360 Backup No Longer Works for Standard Users
All right. I've been using Norton 360 for several years now. One of the reasons was the backup system: I was backing up to a networked hard drive and automated backups were cool.
I am also a real believer in defense in depth. I don't run my comp in admin mode. Yeah, there's malware that can get past that, but every little bit helps. This was hard (that is, impossible) to do in Windows XP and earlier, but ever since Windows 7 it's been easy.
So, with every version of N360 before 22.214.171.124, one could modify a setting whilst in Admin mode so that mere mortals (i.e., standard users) could run backup. Then, as a standard user, the auto backup feature of N360 and the associated backup set would fire off on its schedule or, if I was feeling antsy, I could fire it off myself. Fine, it worked, and once in a while I'd pull a random file off the server if something got corrupted and/or lost. That being what backups are for.
I just upgraded to Windows 10. As part of that upgrade, I went to the latest and greatest from Norton. And the permissions option for a standard user to set up backup sets, set up backup schedules, or even run backups, period, is gone.
I just got off chat with a Norton rep. He confirmed that N360 backup only runs if one is on an admin account, or (for scheduled operations) logged in on an admin account. No admin, no backup. Period.
There also appears to be an issue that, if one is logged in on an admin account, then it may not be possible (or at least, really awkward) to do backups on other accounts' files and directories.
So, was this guy right? Is there something we're both missing? Darned if I'm going to run around naked in an Admin account on a computer that can access the web.