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Some Rule’s Should Not Be Broken!

December 7, 2009

computer-virus-button-blue My precious eldest daughter who along with her younger sister are the light in my little dark room and as you can imagine love them both unconditionally. However daughter  number one (who we will call bringer of great work and frustration  to protect her identity)  broke the rules, don’t get me wrong there was no police or murder committed or call for a public lynching (however at the moment I will not rule the lynching out) but the consequences were severe.

What could a daughter do to cause such pain?

  • Is she pregnant?
    No she is to sensible and intelligent to do that at this time of her life.
  • Does she come home drunk every night?
    Again no she works very hard so no time to party.
  • Is she in trouble with the authorities?
    No, I doubt they even know her name.

She broke the house rules on keeping her PC security up to date!  Yes that’s correct because she did not follow the rules correctly she brought a couple of nasty little viruses in to the home and they were right little buggers.

Now this caught even me by surprise, because I believe that I run quite a tight ship with regards to security on the home network. The main internet connection is behind a hardware firewall that is closed up quite tight and is also set to rotate it’s IP address frequently.  Each IP address issued by the DHCP server has a short lifespan so again they rotate often so no connection has the same IP address for to long a time. plus each computer has a software firewall and anti-virus software (who are rated high by the testing houses). all computes are also set to update automatically and they all run fully licensed software again closing another window of attack.

So the viruses got by all of this and how I have no idea and infected her computer to the point they rendered it unusable and as virulent a two-year old coming home from their first day at nursery’

I use a product called windows home server and this  stores all our movies and music and documents which allows any PC to accesses the information it contains (subject to permissions) and also holds a daily back up of each PC.

Now the Little buggers ended up everywhere on the network some PC’s worse than others but it was the server that picked up on the issue and basically yelled foul. It has taken almost 10 days to eradicate the little buggers from the network and I have still one PC to check, however most of our data was safe as I tend to be a Belts & Braces type of person and had off-line backup’s stored away, which covered of about 85% of the data stored but the problem is what do you do when your backup device is taken out of the picture?

So we lost some data, I don’t think there was really anything important but until you need something you don’t know it’s missing. We did lose all the backups from the PC so they will have to be rebuilt and I know we lost some movies and music but they will just take time to re-encode.

The worst thing is the amount of time and effort it takes to repair this type of damage for example the server anti-virus scans about 2 – 10 MB per second the server alone has (at the moment not counting lost data) 5.7TB of data to work through never mind the time that the PC’s take. consider the time that it will take for just the server and remember you cannot use it for anything else while checking the integrity of the data. I mentioned that I also have off line backups, this is basically Bare 500GB HDD’s that go into a USB docking station connected to the server but to restore 500GB of data from an external HDD can take 4-8 hours.

Where I have the problem is with most users or dare I even say teenagers, they do not realise the inconvenience and effort it takes to repair this type of damage and the fact that some things can be lost forever because they failed to follow the rules on safe browsing/downloading or updating and backing up in a timely and regular manner.

Hanging might be a bit severe however I am checking to see if a public flogging would be permitted as a lesson and a deterrent to all others who cannot follow the rules.

My this has been a long week…

Update:- I do what I preach and do in fact run anti-virus software on the server and it was this that picked up the issue as the server is set to do a scan every 24 hours.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. S. Le permalink
    December 7, 2009 3:36 pm

    Have you taught her nothing about social diseases then? Shameful!

  2. Lauren permalink
    December 7, 2009 8:54 pm

    May I ask how it was that the server cried foul? Was it running AV of a different brand from that on the workstations?

    • December 10, 2009 12:28 am

      All the clients and the server used avast anti-virus but due to firewall issues scince this i have moved all the PC back to norton as it is easy for the rest of the family to use, however the pc are normaly set to check oall files on access or on demand but the server is configured to check on access and on demand and aslo set do doo a indepth scan every second night of every thing connected.

  3. December 8, 2009 12:04 am

    I must agree rules need reason and consequences and maybe she should have to be in attendance as you repair the damage thus demonstrating what it takes and causing her to give up her time also.Other than this transgression she sounds like a pretty darn good young lady….Counting of blessings may also be in order.JMO…of course.

  4. December 8, 2009 9:47 am

    Windows Home Server is a great way to protect your data. However you are still vulnerable to physical disk failures and inadvertent deletions. I am wondering if you can check out a new CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server which provides you with another level of protection by copying your data to secure online storage powered by Amazon S3. You can download your copy at http://www.cloudberrylab.com/default.aspx?page=backup-whs

    Nadya,
    CloudBerry Lab team

    • December 10, 2009 12:39 am

      This is something that I did think about but there are too many pitfalls to this type of service. I will bullet pont a few examples,

      1. Bandwith & Time, while I may not backup all 6TB of data lets assume 20% is needed that is a lost of data on a 800k uplink.

      2. Cost of say 2TB of backup space.

      3. Cloud reliablity for example both Microsoft and Google have both has major outages and data loss

      4. Security while I understand that your information is encrypted more often than not your data may be stored in countries other than your own that have diferent laws on how local law/tax/goverment agencies can access your data and there is also the small risk of issues of security from within the company who supply’s the service.

      5. ease of use at the moment I would have to pay two different companies for the one service

  5. December 8, 2009 3:28 pm

    I feel for ya brother! I have a home network as well. One server, four desktop PC’s and two laptops. I have one teenager that can’t follow the rules and spread a nice worm across my network not once, NOT twice, but THREE times. I have a strict three strikes your out policy which means he now has no internet acess until…..

    HE MOVIES OUT!

    • December 10, 2009 12:40 am

      No matter how you tell them they do not listem but thats kids!

  6. December 8, 2009 3:29 pm

    That should say “MOVES” out and not “Movies” out. LOL

  7. Tosha permalink
    December 10, 2009 7:09 am

    Ouch! I feel for ya! I had a virus for the first time in 6 years back in August. It was a bitch… My kids dont understand why they aren’t allowed on my pc.. that is why..

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