Closure of a previous question and new questions on system security apps... EOT I think

Brian Lunergan ff809 at
Mon Jan 15 01:34:49 UTC 2007

Jeffrey F. Bloss wrote:
> These are the "preconceived notions" I was talking about. Cynicism is
> one thing, but letting it permeate your thinking to the point that
> you're adding unnecessary junk which might itself be exploited, or
> neglecting to address the *real* risks, is counter productive.

Yes, I've grown cynical and I probably do have more than a few preconceived 
notions running around on my neural pathways. Having past the half century mark 
I would be surprised if I didn't, but at least I continue to enjoy learning and 
making the effort to learn things that might knock a few of them into the dust 
bin. That's why I signed onto the list. I came looking for advice and ideas (and 
will continue to do so as I travel through this 'new land' of Linux) and I very 
much appreciate the solid ideas and advice you and Constantine have shared, 
though I should point out that in the learning I don't automatically do 
something simply because the advice was given by somebody particular. For me my 
best learning happens when I try something myself to see if it works as 
described and solves the riddle an answer was being sought for. If it doesn't or 
turns out to be unnecessary after all then the idea will get the chuck.

> Suit yourself. If it gives you peace of mind that it has some
> value. :) But don't delude yourself into thinking that because you have
> software 'X' installed you're any safer than without it. You may
> actually be more vulnerable. A quick Google for 'antivirus software
> vulnerability' or such should turn up some interesting reading. :)

Hey, I said I've grown cynical. I would not characterize myself as complacent, 
paranoid, OR delusional. No tool on either side of my system goes unwatched or 
unmaintained. If they're not capable of putting up a good defence (even if they 
might be overrun in the end) or something about them invites trouble, they're 
off the machine and off the team.

My thanks again for the advice, ideas, and information. I suspect it's time to 
put this thread to bed.

Brian Lunergan
Nepean, Ontario

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