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do you practice what you preach - IT wise

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by rockstar6181, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. rockstar6181

    rockstar6181 Byte Poster

    Do you always install latest updates as they are released, run virus scans/spyware scans daily/weekly? run scandisks, clear up temp files, defrag etc etc

    Even though I have always preached these types of things to other people, I dont always follow my own adivce, every now and then I do some house keeping on the PC other than that I live on the edge :rolleyes: :biggrin :oops:

    what about you?
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  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    Same here, to be honest I have all my stuff backed up so I am not scared if something happens to my computer such as viruses or hackers tryin to break my computer and stuff, plus I have ghost images if anything, so it takes 5-10 min to do a restore and thats it.

    So to answer your question yes I do performe maintenance but not often 1 every 2 weeks at most.
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  3. GmanUK

    GmanUK Byte Poster

    Sorry to disagree with you guys..but yes I practice what I preach :rolleyes:

    The network I administer runs a weekly background virus and spyware scan on all PC's (without the user being able to stop it!!), a nightly incremental back up with one full one weekly and a rootkit searching day every month to check for those pesky global hooks!!

    I have also a similar setup at home but without the incremental backups, just one full one a week.

    The reason for all of this is simple, I have had to deal with a hacked network and it's not pleasant! Plus its not as easy to re-install 25 pc's and 3 servers and make sure they are configured with a weekend! :ohmy
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  4. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    For the most part I tend to practice what I preach.

    At work I must make sure that backup and disaster recovery plans are in place, so the rules are stringently adhered to. All of the user data is stored on the network which is backed up daily, with an even bigger backup taking place weekly, that not only backs up the data, but also the system state stuff and other things too (even our backup Ghost images get backed up in the weekly backup).

    At home, since I tend to store everything that I need on a USB stick I tend to back it up to another USB stick once a week, or if a large amount of data has been changed on my 'working' stick.

    As for programs and stuff, I like to trash my comp every now and then anyway, so it's great fun remembering what you need to reinstall. I used to have a list of stuff to install, but then I bought a Mac and everything changed!

  5. Casablanca

    Casablanca Nibble Poster

    I never used to, till I got infected once... now I backup my data every week, and my AV/Spyware etc is always on and run daily.
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  6. _omni_

    _omni_ Megabyte Poster

    Nope. I've never backed up any of my computers and I rarely defrag... I practically never update the OS either. My AV and anti scumware are updated daily. But I've never run a full virus scan. Not that I need to...:biggrin
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  7. rockstar6181

    rockstar6181 Byte Poster

    I thought most of you would be like me :twisted:

    If its a work pc/client pc etc then goes without saying I do it by the book but when it comes to my own i just cant be bothered lol 8)
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  8. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

    I'm not really responsible for that kind of thing at work, but I'm probably a bit over the top with it at home.

    I've got a differential backup scheduled every night with a full backup once a week. I keep the last two full backups in case I have to restore things to an earlier time and I also take a full drive image about once a month as it's quicker than reinstalling Windows.

    I don't need to defrag because I use Buzzsaw which defrags on-the-fly, although I do use dirms (sister app of Buzzsaw, very intensive third-party defragger) every couple of weeks to make sure.

    My anti-spyware runs a quick scan daily and a full scan once a week and I run ad-hoc spyware and AV scans every weekend while I'm doing other stuff. I always install updates for every-thing (most of it's automated anyway), and I have quite a strict user account policy even though it's only my GF and I that use the PC.

    I'm a bit sad really aren't I?
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  9. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Never bothered with it at home.

    Pretty poor really, from a Security Admin I suppose, but to be honest, I've never had a virus, never been hit with a worm and never had any problems with malware.

    My firewall is locked down tight against intrusion (not that I haven't seen several concerted attempts at hacking me - usually be people I know!) and the only thing I DO regularly do is patch - this is all handled by WSUS, so I don't need to do anything myself - which is nice.

    I regularly undertake internal pen tests using Auditor and updated attack defs, just to make sure there's no naughty little vulnerabilities floating around. in the past, I've toyed with the idea of setting up a honeynet. When i move to my new job, if I get the time, I'm going to do it, just because it gives me a thrill watching attacks as they're happening. When Slammer hit, I was working as a DBA. It was so cool to sit there watching all that traffic rinsing people's SQL Servers, safe in the knowledge that our firewall was correctly configured!
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  10. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    (at home)
    i back my emails and docs prob like once a week or once a forthnight, and not fussed about anything else, virus def updates daily and scans daily (automatic), i do a adware scan and reg fix scan once a month, and thats it, not really too fussed, as i kow how to fix things if things go pearsheaped (or know where to go

    At the end of the day, its easier for us to be that little bit careless, as being IT tech, we know how to get a computer back up and running to a normal state, if we cant do it at home, then we defo wouldn't be doing it at work...

    ...interesting thread though.
  11. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Now practising what you preach is just a daft idea. :D
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  12. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    ...but preaching what one practices would be much worse, I'm sure 8)

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  13. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    I do fairly regular backups at home because my wife nags me to :oops:

    I haven't been hit from a virus since I have used AVG.

    I have been hit by malware though, but not since I dropped IE.

    I run defrag when I am bored but have never really seen a performance boost.

    I don't have kids, so my home LAN is less vulnerable than most peoples!
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