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Re: i bought a walmart cheapie

Subject: Re: i bought a walmart cheapie
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2004 09:15:42 -0500
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On 2004-07-01, <> wrote:
> In comp.os.linux.misc Theorem <> wrote:
>:>>::::::  I am very careful on my Windows box.
>: I personally do not think it is possible to be careful enough with 
>: Windows that you can safely expose it to the Internet (give it a 
>: public address). The only somewhat safe way to use Windows is on a 
>: private address behind a suitably configured Unix firewall and to 
>: never ever run Lookout Express or Internet Exploder. Even then, 
>: anti-virus software is a must. Even then...
> I'd have to disagree. I admin systems of many flavors, including Windows
> and all can be made quite secure. Even Outlook and IE are perfectly safe
> on a properly admined system. I use anti-virus on some systems but not

That's all well and good for a corporate network.

However for home use it is simply unsuitable.

> on others, as there is little or nothing for anti-virus to do anyhow.
> Keep it only as an extra layer of backup.
> As with any OS it is of course possible to be sloppy in the
> admin so as to open security holes.
> Think of all the Linux users who are logged in as "root" for their
> normal day-to-day usage.

There is a considerable difference between going out of your way
to f*ck yourself and a system that is already f*cked when it comes
off the installation media. Sound engineering can easily mititgate
the damage posed by the sort of idiot you describe.

Some dm's in their default configuration simply won't let you logon as root.

It is not true that Microsoft doesn't innovate. 

        They brought us the email virus.
        In my Atari days, such a notion would have             |||
        been considered a complete absurdity.                 / | \


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