XP Experts needed

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by MaxHeadRoom, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Picbuster

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    Hi Max,
    I use the acronis tool from Seagate and make once a week an image copy.( sata disk(s) in tray(s)).
    And each day a USB data backup from that day.
    Cost one extra disk but up and running in start-up time.

    Picbuster
     
  2. Lyonspride

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    I run FTP, HTTP, proxy, SSH and 2 gaming servers from a Win7 based home server.

    If you knew how many attempted network intrusions I get, which are all aimed at exploiting Linux, you might think twice ;)
     
  3. cmartinez

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    I'd like to know how many... and how you're able to detect them
     
  4. MrSoftware

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    It's the ones you don't detect that are to be worried about.
     
  5. Lyonspride

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    My FTP logs show hundreds of attempts at brute forcing username/passwords, most commonly using the default account info on newly installed Linux based setups. It's already auto-blocked more than 50 IP addresses.

    My SSH server captured hundreds of brute force attacks, again trying to exploit accounts and usernames commonly used in Linux based systems.

    My router has shown connection attempts and port scanning activity to ports used by both MS remote desktop and Linux.

    Some of these attacks have lasted as long as 4 hours and ALL of the attacks originated in Russia, China, Ukraine or Croatia.

    The reason they attack Linux systems is because creating viruses and malware is no longer about simply being an annoyance, it's about attacking infrastructure and making money. It used to be that attacks were Linux script kiddies attacking MS Windows for the hell of it, but now with most servers being based around Linux, there's more money in attacking and hijacking those systems.

    I understand that i'm being attacked because running gaming servers (nothing too intensive) is like putting up a flag saying "hey come get me", but they assume the servers are in some data centre and not in someones house.
     
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  6. MrAl

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    Hi,

    A reinstall would clear everyrthing bad out of there.

    There is a disk wiper utility that zeros out the bytes, then writes all 1's, then writes random bytes to the entire disk. It was once used by the Dept of Defense. The overwrites can be done several times, but it was reported that just one time is just as good as two or more times.
    It's a free download, just search for DoD compliant disk wiper. Use the DOD 5220.22m option.

    I've used this several times now and it does take some time to run (could be several hours for a large hard drive) but if you are worried about anything being left on the disk then that's a good option.
    A 750GB hard drive took about 12 hours to clear completely. After that the disk is ready to accept a new op system.
     
  7. joeyd999

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    Windows is so quaint. Imagine an operating system where you actually have to spend time/money acquiring software to perform basic OS operations.

    A simple one line script in Linux does the same thing, no additional software required:

    for n in `seq 7`; do dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=8b conv=notrunc; done
     
  8. MrAl

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    Hi,

    I always meant to get back to Linux one day to work with it again, but there are so many versions out there and one i used one time did not support by graphics card.
    What version do you use these days and how good is the support for different hardwares?
     
  9. joeyd999

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    Until last month, I would have recommended Ubuntu. But they have discontinued Unity support (the desktop that I like) in favor of Gnome 3 (which I do not like). It is still possible to (easily) run Unity on Ubuntu, but compatibility -- I am sure -- will wane over time.

    Most seem to like Mint Cinnamon these days. The nice thing about it is that it has a very WinXP/Win7 interface.

    Hardware compatibility is mostly a non-issue today, except for @#12. Make a boot USB first to confirm you will have no problems.
     
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  10. MrSoftware

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    You can also use the Windows format command, give it the /P:n switch where n= number of passes. I'm a Linux fan as well, but Windows is delivered with a much more powerful shell than most people realize.
     
  11. joeyd999

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