Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002
has shipped the EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with
4-Port Switch and VPN Endpoint (BEFSX41). The $119 (street
price), 4-port router (plus special DMZ port) also includes
Stateful Packet Inspection, protection agains attacks
(malicious code, IP spoofing, pings of death, denial of
service, even internal snooping), two IPSec-based VPN
tunnels, and Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support.
Link Logger 1.6
is the latest version of the Windows-only firewall logging
utility from Binary Visions. It works on products
from ZyXEL, Netgear, and Linksys. You can download a 30-day
Friday, July 26, 2002
According to the Federal Communications Commission's
latest summary of statistics, broadband Internet access
was available in 79% of the nation's zip codes as of December
2001, with high-speed users present in 98% of the most
densely populated zip codes, and 43% in least densely
populated -- up from 28% in December 2000. Read the full
story at DC.internet.com.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published
a list of the ISPs most friendly toward those who wish
to wirelessly share a high speed Internet connection,
something the EFF sees as a "valuable community service."
The list includes ISPs like Earthlink, Atlas Broadband,
Covad, and others. Read the details at 80211
Wednesday, July 24, 2002
has announced its new EtherSync-USB adapter for Windows-based
desktop computers needing 802.11b connections.
announced a new VPN software solution for Windows (98/ME/2000/XP)
and Pocket PC 2002 devices, called Viatores. The software
uses 3DES encryption and works with IPSec and Mobile IP
for full range of encryption and authentication. Read
details at allNetDevices.
Monday, July 22, 2002
On Sunday the 21st, Linksys
launched a "Get Wired, Go Wireless" rebate special
on most Linksys home network products. The campaign is
geared to getting kids to let their parents share broadband
access. Prices will include 10/100 network adapters for
$10 (normally $20), the BEFSR41 Cable/DSL Router for $69
(normally $79), 802.11b USB adapter and PC Cards for $69
each (normally $79), and the BEFW11S4 Wireless Cable/DSL
AP+Router for $155 (normally $170). The program will last
until September 7, 2002, and paper work to get the rebate
must be submitted by October 7, 2002.
Thursday, July 18, 2002
802.11a products will no longer be called Wi-Fi5 -- the
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance is going
to call everything it certifies "Wi-Fi" in the
future, and will differentiate products using detailed
labels. Read the reasons why at 80211
Avaya has put out new lines of IP-based phones
for businesses, including some that work with 802.11b
wireless (using technology from SpectraLink). Read the
full story at 80211
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
D-Link is the first to market with Dual Band Router.
The new AirPro DI-764 supports Internet sharing for both
802.11a and 802.11b users, as well as four Ethernet clients.
Read about it at 80211
Bluetooth Connects Win Laptops and Phones: Socket
has releases Windows version of its Bluetooth Connection
Kit for Nokia Bluetooth mobiles. Also works with Ericsson,
Sony, Motorola handsets. Read the full story at allNetDevices.
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Microsoft Is Bullish On Wi-Fi -- Promising the
roll out of home networking hardware this fall, Bill Gates
and Co. look to push along the adoption of 802.11 technology.
Read the full story at 80211
PDAs can now VPN: A Pocket PC/Windows CE client
has been released from Funk Software (read the story at
and a Palm OS client is available from Mergic (read the
other story at allNetDevices).
Both support 802.11b and other connections.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
is a new $35 software program for Windows 95 on up to
XP from Russian developer iNetPrivacy
Software that lets users behind firewalls break
through to use FTP, Usenet, IRC, ICQ and e-mail that might
otherwise be blocked.
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
is shipping four home networking kits that they claim
'automates al processes' for the user who doesn't know
DHCP from PPPoE. The kits will include a Installation
Buddy software guide, and color-coded ports and cables.
There's an 802.11b-based Wireless Cable/DSL Router ($199.99),
Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router ($99.99) that can take
an 802.11b PC Card, a Dual-Mode Wireless Ready Cable/DSL
Router ($99.99) for upgrading current Ethernet-based Cable/DSL
modems, and the Actiontec Wireless-Ready DSL Gateway with
built in ADSL modem (sold only by broadband service providers).