What is your security maintenance schedule?

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  1. tomazyk

    tomazyk Guest

    What is your schedule for security related tasks?

    Here is mine:

    Daily tasks:
    Remove temporary files, MRUs and other junk.

    Weekly tasks:
    Backup Outlook PST file and other personal data.
    Create system partition backup image.
    Check for security updates for programs and system.
    Run Chkdsk command for all partitions.
    Scan whole system with second on-demand AV.
    Update AdBlock Plus lists.
    Check all startup items.
    Check Windows error reporting logs to resolve possible system and apps instabilities.

    Monthly tasks:
    Run all weekly tasks plus:
    Backup all personal data to external disk.
    Uninstall unnecessary and unused programs.
    Remove duplicate files.
    Wipe deleted files on non SSD disk.
    Run Windows' Disk Cleanup.
    Run registry cleanup.
    Check and backup security software's settings.
    Run ESET's SysInspector, create and inspect the log.
    Check for possible large files taking too much disk space.

    Microsoft's Patch Tuesday tasks:
    Create system partition backup image to second HDD.
    Run Windows updates and update system and other MS' software.

    Tasks that are performed approximately once a year:
    Reinstall OS.
    Change all passwords.

    EDIT: removed software that is used for each activity.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 26, 2012
  2. Pilate

    Pilate Registered Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    1. Daily Tasks:
    Remove temporary files
    Check for software updates
    2. Weekly Tasks:
    Backup all important data
    Check for software updates
    Scan whole system with primary antivirus
    Scan whole system with two antispyware programs
    Scan whole system with secondary on-demand antivirus scanner
    3. Microsoft's Patch Wednesday Task:
    Run Microsoft Update and update all Microsoft Software
    Run WSUS Offline Update to create Windows and Office Offline Update DVD.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  3. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

    Sep 25, 2007

    1. Daily Tasks:
    clean temporary files, history, cookies, index dat, dns cache, browser... and all junk
    clean the registry - in fact I clean all them every time I stop surfing or I freeze my pc
    check for software updates and upgrades.

    2. Weekly Tasks:
    backup all important data
    backup my email client
    scan whole system with primary antivirus
    scan whole system with second antimalware software
    scan whole system with dedicated antirootkit software ( rootkit revelear... )

    3. Monthly tasks:
    run Microsoft Update for security updates
    create a new disk image

    every six month change all my password
    every year format my hd and reinstall the OS
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  4. Boost

    Boost Registered Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    CCleaner - run it every day @the end of the day

    Malwarebytes Free - Scan PC once a week

    Format and reinstall OS at the end of the year.I'm using windows XP at the moment.

    I've used my present combo in sig for the last 4 years now,plus my maintenance programs.I've never been infected,I'm not using an antivirus program and have had "0" issues to date.There's no need to pile on security software,none at all.Keep it simple and enjoy your PC. You dont need to make it a security fortress,like many people continue to do so on this forum and have done so for many years now.

    Keep it simple people!
  5. Kees1958

    Kees1958 Registered Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    Daily: contineous unattended NAS data backup (auto sync) from data partitions of (wife's) laptop and (my) desktop

    Monthly: unattended scheduled data sync of NAS to USB disk (also plugged into router)

    Adhoc CCleaner + HMP quick scan (before):
    - data sync of desktop data partition to 2nd (internal) HD
    - Windows7 image backup of desktop to 2nd HD
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  6. iammike

    iammike Registered Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    SE Asia
    [*] = Means unattended

    1. Multiple times a Day
    Clean temporary files, history, cookies, junk (Ccleaner in "Locked down" mode <= All Options Checked (except Wipe Free Space) in both Windows and Applications TAB)
    Check for MSE Sig Updates [*]
    Check for Malwarebytes Sig Updates [*]

    2. Daily Tasks:
    Read Wilders Security Forums ;)
    Check for software updates, upgrades & add-ons
    Sync Truecrypt files (separate files for email and documents) with my NAS's (I have 2 NAS ;) ) [*]
    Upload Truecrypt volume with my Keepass Database (except Key file of course) to the Cloud [*]
    Sync Downloaded Files and other files with my NAS's [*]
    Check S.M.A.R.T. data for all my connected HDD's
    HitmanPro Check
    Malwarebytes Quick Scan [*]
    MSE Quick Scan [*]
    Check Log Files & Eventviewer

    3. Weekly Tasks:
    Malwarebytes Full Scan [*]
    MSE Full Scan [*]
    Create New (Cold) Disk Image from C & System Reserved (Using Acronis) -> NAS
    Create New (Cold) Disk Image from C & System Reserved (Using Clonezilla) -> NAS

    5. Monthly tasks:
    Run Microsoft Update for security updates
    Ccleaner Wipe Free Space (Advanced Overwrite (3 passes)
    Change Email Passwords
    Full System Windows Backup -> External HDD (No NAS)

    4. Bi-Monthly tasks:
    Change other Passwords
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  7. TheWindBringeth

    TheWindBringeth Registered Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Many people do online product research, online shopping, etc during the holiday period and are tracked while doing so. Possibly building up links/profiles that they wouldn't otherwise have. A post holiday purge could be beneficial to some. Food for thought:

    - Write down ISP assigned IP Address
    - Disconnect from the net
    - Purge browser cookies, LSOs, storage, cache, etc, etc
    - Take steps to change GUIDs and/or online accounts used by software. For example, by thoroughly uninstalling the software, then reinstalling, and if you have to re-register it later make sure to use new throw-away account information.
    - Carefully go over wireless router settings if applicable, changing SSIDs, WPA2 keys, admin password, WAN MAC address, wireless MAC addresses too if possible.
    - Change private network IP Addresses, computer and workgroup names, etc which are collected and phoned home by some "telemetry" features.
    - Take any other steps that will be required to force your ISP assigned IP Address to change. Such as power cycling your modem.
    - Reconnect to the net. Verify ISP assigned IP Address did change.

    It is fairly common for people to attempt to exploit servers and accounts during holidays when people are distracted and busy. Food for thought:

    - Carefully check online account information. Change nicks, usernames, passwords, email addresses, etc as appropriate.
    - Carefully check your servers and their logs. Update IP Address and/or spam filters based on recent activity. Change passwords, etc. Download and purge logfiles as appropriate.

    Do things in that order which makes the most sense for your situation.
  8. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    Jul 29, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Install and uninstall multiple security software and scanners.
    Wait till I get a BSOD or major error.
    Re-install Win 7.
    Rinse and repeat.
  9. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    weekly full backup - sometimes i feel like an idiot collecting useless backups over the year.
    then grin about people wasting more time <d&r>

    btw ccleaner is no security tool, its a cleaner, tweaker, no more.
    it dont has the ability to recognize bad software.
  10. iammike

    iammike Registered Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    SE Asia
    True, but it removes "Tracking Cookies" ;)
  11. er34

    er34 Guest

    For tracking stuff, you'd better protect, not delete tracking cookies. Removing tracking cookies won't help you against tracking protection. I'd recommend you use either IE's Tracking Protection Lists (for IE 9/10) or Ghostery extension (for other browsers) - they are both very effective.
  12. iammike

    iammike Registered Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    SE Asia
    I am already running Ghostery. I use ccleaner to keep the cookies I want (maybe 5 in total) and delete the rest I get .
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