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What kind of layered security you use?

  1. Nov 13, 2004 #1

    PerennialII

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    Was wondering what kind of security software/hardware you're all running & what combination you think is best in terms of effectivity/reliability/maintenance (got some hardware updates to do, might as well update the system a bit if seen necessary)? ... on this pc I'm relying on software alone, ZA Pro for firewall, Avast Pro for antivirus, Adaware & SpyBot for spyware etc. stuff, peerguardian lite for bad ips (or sometimes ported the list to ZA) and processguard for overall execution etc. protection.
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2004 #2

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  4. Nov 13, 2004 #3

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    I run Solaris on my web server (Apache with a hardened configuration) and mail server (Sendmail with an extra-hardened configuration). For firewalling, I use FreeBSD with the ipf firewall(awesome performance and nice syntax). If I had the time, I'd switch to OpenBSD and use their pf firewall implementation.

    If I had even more time, I'd get my Plan 9 network back up and running. www.cs.bell-labs.com/plan9dist. Plan 9 is literally the most secure operating system. It's user namespace makes jails look like a thing of the past. There is no 'administrator user' as such. The only system that can see every namespace and change configuration files is the file server. A Plan 9 network is designed to have a file server (authentication server, too), CPU server (boots of a floppy disk), and clients that use the CPU server, access files off the file server, and authenicate off the file server.

    Sun's 'Trusted Solaris' has a very similar implementation to user namespaces. In fact, Sun got the idea of user namespaces from Plan 9.
     
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  5. Nov 13, 2004 #4

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    The Plan 9 website is so secure you can't even access it.
     
  6. Nov 13, 2004 #5

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    Interesting, same here, also.

    Edit: The Bell Labs' Plan 9 site is back up.
     
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  7. Nov 13, 2004 #6
    Now that is security :)

    My security consists of ZA firewall, and Symantec Anti-Virus. And my laptop, that is where i have all my documents, it is not connected to the internet, i take the data that i need either through an IP cable (whilst disconnected from the internet), or my USB flash memory, or a CD.
    (could still get viruses to it, but i doubt that i would get any unwanted survaillence)
     
  8. Nov 13, 2004 #7
    BTW, how secure would it be using a NSA security platform when they are just about the only one that is watching you? :)
     
  9. Nov 13, 2004 #8

    PerennialII

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    Would not mind giving this a try if could squeeze those couple of hours from somewhere ... some real networking.
     
  10. Nov 13, 2004 #9

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    Plan 9 has matured quite a bit. I started really using it in the early Release 4 days. I had 3 client systems, that each booted off of floppies and the file server. These client systems were also CPU servers. The fileserver, in turn, ran a Fossil file system and a Venti (something that runs on top of Fossil that keeps track of changes, you can make snapshots and return to those snapshots at a later point), and a secstore (an authenication management system that keeps track of telnet, ssh, vnc, and system passwords).

    If you'd like to try out Plan 9 there is a VMware image in their downloads section. You could also download the ISO and boot off the image using VMware to do an install. All of the VMware hardware will be supported (with the exception of sound or anything relating to mulimedia, etc.) to use Plan 9.
     
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  11. Nov 14, 2004 #10

    PerennialII

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    Sounds good enough to give it a try ... thanks !
     
  12. Nov 21, 2004 #11

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    I use the same security as in Mission Impossible, my supercomputer is in its own room, decible meters, thermal detectors, security lasers, can't touch the floor, mice in the ducts to scare people with.
     
  13. Nov 21, 2004 #12

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    I have had some weird luck with firewalls for my home PC, so I don't know if I'll go down that road again. I am thinking about using Sophos for virus protection because we have a subscription for it at work (a university) that will extend to home use. The only problem is that it constantly pushes updates, and being only on dialup at home, I am worried that I'll spend the majority of my online time just downloading these updates. (I am too cheap to buy DSL, especially when I can just dial into the university's modem banks for free.)
     
  14. Nov 21, 2004 #13
    I don't bother much with security. I figure if someone is determined to hack my box they probably could. And being forced (ok, ok, "coerced") into running windows a good chunk of the time means it probably wouldn't matter anywa.

    I probably should put up a firewall at my router but I don't have the funds for it as of now. Putting up a firewall at the OS level is a big hassle and I keep having to turn it off to do anything useful.
     
  15. Nov 21, 2004 #14
    lol...that reminds me. The Russian gov once proclaimed their site as the most secure ever.
     
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  16. Nov 21, 2004 #15
    I use Windows XP Pro so I need a lot of security.

    I use McAfee for virus protection and it has worked quite well.
    Zone Alarm I use for a firewall and that works, and it's free.
    I also use a little program called WinPatrol. Nice little program.
     
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