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Why you should read the @!$@!$ing manual

This is for all the security, system, network and application engineers that work in the IT. This post also works for those which don’t work in the IT world, but hey, let’s focus on the people that need to keep environments up and running without flaws.

Dear engineers, professionals and starters,

This short, but direct letter is for those, which do not read manuals, and simply start performing the task which they are assigned with, without asking questions or doing any research.

Did you know that manufacturers craft manuals in the physical and digital form? Those manuals are made to have a goal. Trees and other natural power supplies have been used to deliver that manual, so it is quite important that we do something with them, else we would just be hurting the eco system.

So back to the topic, manuals. Manuals have been crafted for a reason. Manuals can instruct you and inform you on how to setup or work with an specific environment, and in the IT world, that can be !@#!# important.

You know, that when people refuse to read manuals, they knowingly are keeping themselves and the environment they work in vulnerable.

For example, a lot of software/hardware suppliers instruct the user to change the standard password of the device, but what does practice show us? People keep using the default passwords. The second thing is obvious. Those default password environments get breached by simple bots that are performing brute force attacks with standard password dictionaries. Hi Mirai Botnet and BrickerBot.

So please, dear engineer, professional and starter, do read those manuals, and if you are still not going to read the manual, please tell us why in a comment. Do you want to have freebies in the manual?

So in short;

  1. Read the @!#@!#ing manual.
  2. Read it again, and try to understand the @!#@!#ing manual
  3. Follow the instructions and implement the instructions which are given in the !@#!@#ing manual

If step 3 does not work, go back to step 1 and read the @!#@!#ing manual again, and if that does not work, ask someone to help you out!

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