Backing Up Your Stuff Part 4: Preparing For Disaster

Written by Richard Lowe

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- Copies of each ofrepparttar applications that have been installed onrepparttar 132112 computer. If your applications came on CD, then keep those in a safe place. If you downloadedrepparttar 132113 applications, then store a copy on a writeable CD. In addition, you will need to keep copies of any patches or updates to these applications on writeable CDs.

I like to keep a box with all ofrepparttar 132114 above items in a safe place. I callrepparttar 132115 box my "crash cart", as it contains everything that I need to restore my system to health inrepparttar 132116 event of a software error.

In addition it's a good idea to keeprepparttar 132117 following inrepparttar 132118 crash cart:

- A sheet of paper with a list of people and companies you can call for help inrepparttar 132119 event of disaster. This may include technical support numbers ofrepparttar 132120 computer manufacturer,repparttar 132121 operating system company and any applications providers.

- A log of all ofrepparttar 132122 changes and installations that were made torepparttar 132123 computer system. This will be invaluable to determine what to recover in what order.

- All ofrepparttar 132124 documentation that came withrepparttar 132125 system inrepparttar 132126 original box.

- Another sheet of paper with network information (TCP/IP addresses and such), modem settings and other control panel values. This will be important if you ever have to type it all back in. Some ofrepparttar 132127 most important information is any settings or values provided by your ISP which allow your computer to get onrepparttar 132128 internet.

When you have a few spare minutes, when it is raining out andrepparttar 132129 television is showing nothing good at all, whenrepparttar 132130 kids are in bed andrepparttar 132131 husband or wife is asleep, when you are totally bored out of your mind ... then recover those manuals that came withrepparttar 132132 system. You know which ones I'm talking about ...repparttar 132133 ones you have buried in your closet under five feet of clothes behindrepparttar 132134 Christmas tree.

Now, openrepparttar 132135 books and read them. They will usually have some instructions on how to recover your system inrepparttar 132136 event of failure. This isrepparttar 132137 information that you need to understand, and it's better to spendrepparttar 132138 couple of hours up front reading than it is trying desperately to figure it out one evening -repparttar 132139 day before that term paper is due, of course.

And inrepparttar 132140 worst case, if you have all or most ofrepparttar 132141 above items you will haverepparttar 132142 materials thatrepparttar 132143 computer geek inrepparttar 132144 house downrepparttar 132145 street will need when you come begging for help at his door...

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Has your site got the 3 basic security measures?

Written by Gim Yeap

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Some HTML editors already set this while it creates a page, but those of you who have older HTML editors or like me, like to coderepparttar page from scratch will need to includerepparttar 132110 following line in our HTML pages: < META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=IS0-8859-1"> It should go as high as possible on your webpage, I normally place it just afterrepparttar 132111 < /head> tag, beforerepparttar 132112 < title> tag. This META tag tellsrepparttar 132113 browser to userepparttar 132114 "ISO-8859-1" character set, which is suitable for most Western European languages, rather than letrepparttar 132115 browser choose it's own character encoding, which may or may not be ISO-8859-1.

Why is it important to explicitly set it? The character encoding basically tells browsers how to display a particular character. For example, inrepparttar 132116 ISO-8859-1character set, "A" representsrepparttar 132117 letter "A" while "©" represents repparttar 132118 copyright symbol "" (You can try this out by typing < p>A< /p> or < p>©< /p> in a html file then call it up on a browser). Some character sets, have more than one representation for special characters such as "<" or ">", so your filter program may not toss out allrepparttar 132119 representations ofrepparttar 132120 character you have asked it to exclude. So when it serves a new page back torepparttar 132121 browser,repparttar 132122 browser, because it has not been told what encoding to use, can still readrepparttar 132123 malicious script intact.

So there you have it, 3 steps that should be incorporated into every website. Use them as a base to further build on. Because every site is different, you (orrepparttar 132124 security consultant you hire) will need to assess your site's own vulnerabilities and implement appropriate security measures. To do this you need to take into account your site's risk factor, your budget and your available resources.

On a final note, I'd like to stressrepparttar 132125 importance of keeping up withrepparttar 132126 latest threats and developments in site security. A good site for checking out security alerts isrepparttar 132127 CERT Coordination Center or better yet sign up for their Security Advisory that is sent via email.

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