Ruunning a service as a local admin- Risky?

A third party is setting up their software and requires a local admin account to run a few services. I have always thought this is bad practice but am struggling to find information to back this up.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Most people are really not tech savvy, so the person who is a local administrator can gullibly and readily OK virus attacks. Then they wonder what happened.

Numerous people think installing "cool" software is fun and do not understand it conflicts with your goals and processes.

People can change settings up to and including locking themselves out.

I never recommend standard users be administrators - bad idea.
The best practice is to run with lease privilege, so if it is possible to grant the service account specific rights that would be more secure.  The services passwords for services are secure and it is common practice to design services where elevated rights are needed such as installing software.

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Run service as normal user or as networkservice or localservice.
Local admin is to change system settings.
Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Any member of local Administrators group can obtain credentials of all other local users and domain users logged on since last reboot. That is why you should use user account without administrative privilieges.
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