How many here practice what they preach?

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    How many here practice what they preach?

    By that I mean, who has their home desktop locked down the way they would desktops they are looking after for a coroporation?
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    I test most of software and do other thing on my computers.
    So they are secure just "sometimes" if I using them for a longer time.

    (I am still in the deep learning mode) - hehe

    Right now I looking for backup solutions, eh, difficult
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    By that I mean, who has their home desktop locked down the way they would desktops they are looking after for a coroporation?
    Yes, Most definitely! I like to think my system is secure like Fort Knox but not so secure where its un-use able. Practice makes perfect. Do you Chsh? Computernerd22

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    Hehe, I voted first, but I guess you couldn't see that.

    The answer is no, I don't. I have my home systems set up functional but not as secure as they could be. Well... everything except for my server, but that's not a desktop, so it's excluded from this. In fact, I'm writing this on my laptop, and it is as secure as my school sees fit, which is to say, not at all. Partly due to the fact that it's an acer, and for some reason they won't let me install XP with NTFS, and partly due to the fact that I could still login as administrator and do what I like.
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    i cant run a huge network yet, still green in that area
    my home cluster is secure enough though... i dont have any valuable data like credit card numbers that could be stolen

    just some saved games, maybe some pr0n, and afew projects for school
    plus im the only 1 using my 5 computers in my room so it doesnt really matter how much security i have

    but my 2 xp boxes run bitdefender professional plus 8, sp2, all updates avaliable, firefox, ad-awarese, microsoft antispyware, etc


    basics on my slackware boxes aswell... but im starting a webserver again soon so il need to lock them down better


    security is a big deal and overkill is never a bad thing in the buisness world..... but in my world it would be like arming myself with a minigun to kill the squirls in my garden

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    who has their home desktop locked down the way they would desktops they are looking after for a coroporation?
    Iím confident some folks will jump right in and say ďabsolutelyĒ, for a multitude of reasons. Maybe they do, or maybe they have a fairly confident feeling about their home computer security, or might not want to look bad on AO . They might keep it patched, have a Firewall, AV, Malware software, and the like. However, on their home computer, did they really reduce the services down to bare bones? Did they create a user account with limited privileges for themselves? Do they check their logs, strong password policy, chrooting, back ups, etc?

    Probably not

    So in response to your query, nope I donít.

    Win98SE w/no Passwords or Policy Edits is still my favourite.
    You do have to love its simplicity though!

    cheers
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    This is a yes and no situation... my home systems most serve for Office and a proving ground for various product ideas, most of which are security related as luck would have it.

    Although security on the desktops is identical to the security in the office I run a lot of needless software (various database clients, etc) as well as software that has yet to be formally evaluated (various kernel modules, etc) both of which are typically big security no-nos.

    Also since I do have a domain at home, most of the security is done at the server level and not the desktop level anyhow.

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    Well,

    I used to try to lock my home boxes down tighter than a dolphin's ass... but I've found that it's a bit overkill for no more than what I've got on them... mp3's, games and various proggies that I use for work (ironically, many security-related)... Of course, all of my important documents are backed up in various places throughout cyberspace (/me hugs his 2gB limit at gMail)...

    On my XP boxes I've got Sygate firewall monitoring what's coming and going, and just cause I'm paranoid and have got the memory to spare, I let AVG run in the background...

    On my *nix boxes, I just check my logs - I'm comfortable w/ the permissions and restrictions I've in place... If something seems off I'll fire up Ethereal, etc. to get to the bottom of it...

    It should be noted that I and *only* I use the aforementioned boxes (or boxen? ). I trust myself, and therefore don't have to scan for malware/viruses daily or worry about what 'unfriendly' programs may be running in the background... However, if there were 'less-than-security-conscious' people in the house, stricter security would be a must... . I'm sure most AOers feel the same way...

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    Originally posted here by catch
    This is a yes and no situation... my home systems most serve for Office and a proving ground for various product ideas, most of which are security related as luck would have it.
    When phrasing the question, I realised I'd be having many answers like yours, which is why I provided three "yes" ish answers, and possible reasons/explanations why. I imagine many people are in that position, and there are probably a whole raft of reasons for each possible answer.
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    Yeah, fair enough... I took it to mean the security policy of the system, which is as I said the same as comparable (dev stations) work systems, just my system at work isn't a dev station.

    cheers,

    catch

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