Re: Express Models - drifting OT!
- From: "Tim Christian" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 14:43:09 -0000
Paul Boyd <no_such@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 18/03/2006 10:51, Tim Christian said,:-)
It is essential to have control over your website from day to day. This
means learning to write HTML and acquiring the software to write it and
upload the result.
You don't need to write HTML these days, but if you do want to, the
"software to write it" is Wordpad, and to upload it you can use Internet
Explorer. i.e., you can create a web page with nothing more than what
you get with Windows. I personally use IBM Websphere Homepage Builder
for the websites I maintain, which has a minimal learning curve,
although there are no bells and whistles. Actually, I think that's a
good thing - I'm not tempted to use flashy gimmicks just because I can
However careful you are, and whatever software you use, any computer
ofregularly on the Internet is going to pick up something nasty in the way
worms and viruses.
I might have got the wrong impression here, and sorry if I have, but do
you think a website is hosted on your own computer? It isn't, and
uploading a website is one of the lesser security risks around. It also
isn't necessarily true that any computer will pick up something nasty -
but it is true if you just rely on Windows and your ISP's "protection".
All ant-virus software is retrospective,
Not strictly true - heuristic scanning can detect virus-like activity
even if the actual virus is not known yet. This doesn't always work,
but depending on your AV software, is generally pretty good.
When anything nasty gets
through, the hard disk is wiped and essential software reloaded. I keep
back-ups for this purpose on CD-ROM. Time taken to clean and reload is
usually a working day, every six months or so.
Phew - if you need to do all that every six months, I would suggest that
the time could be more profitably spent learning a little more about how
to protect your machine. For instance, you may be able to stealth your
router, which makes your machine invisible to the internet. A good
wake-up call is to visit http://www.grc.com/ , and run their Shields Up
tests. I bet your machine fails, as do the vast majority out there.
(Mine passes all tests, nah-nah!!) You should also have a good firewall
which can block traffic in both directions (Windows firewall only blocks
incoming). My router is stealthed so well, that my firewall reports no
incoming access attempts to block! Incidentally, GRC is a very
reputable site, and is one of the de facto sites used by professionals,
so you don't need to worry about what it may be doing.
If that sounds a bit OTT, I can honestly say that in the 8 years of
having an internet connected PC, I've *never* had any successful access
attempt or virus do any damage, unlike a machine a colleague brought in
for me to fix that took two days of fighting to fix - he relied on
Windows and Blue Yonder to protect him!!!!
I've deliberately not mentioned which software I use because this isn't
the place for "my firewall and AV software is better than yours". It
probably isn't the place for this post either, but what the hey????
No, I am aware that my website is hosted by the ISP!
Isn't Wordpad OTT for HTML. For small jobs I use Notepad. Being brought up
on CP/M and ED, I tend to be minimalist. However, dedicated HTML editors do
save a lot of work.
Protecting a machine in the way you suggest also involves more work and
expense. This machine does have protection, but I simply work on the
priciple that more protection is simply a challenge to the wreckers out
there who, will one day, ... .
Since heuristic scanning doesn't always work, my original statement about
protection being retrospective remains valid.
I rpobaly strip this machine more often than necessary. This is triggered by
my noticing oddities, rather than a vrus being detected.
Guess we'd better leave this OT subject, though, before someone complains.
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