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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Microsoft Windows Home Server
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MikroTik's The Dude
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Protect Your Network with PacketFence
Packet Fence integrates a number of useful tools, including network access control, intrusion detection, captive portals and more, into a protective powerhouse.
PacketFence is a free and open source
network access control (NAC) system. This Linux-based application primarily provides
network access control, monitoring, and intrusion detection. It gives you several network
protection features, which includes the following:
Captive portal: Can be used to require users to login before using the
network or to present instructions to a user on a web page, blocking all other network
traffic, when a problem is detected.
Malware detection and alerting: Along with internal features, PacketFence
can work with remote sensors like from Snort.
Vulnerability scans with Nessus: Can use the external Nessus program to
periodically run vulnerability scans.
Isolation of problematic devices: One of the several isolation techniques
PacketFence support is VLAN isolation (with VoIP support), where problematic clients
would be moved to a designated VLAN. Switches from many vendors are supported.
DHCP fingerprinting: Used to automatically allow or disallow specific device
types (such as VoIP phones or Wi-Fi equipped game systems).
In this tutorial, we'll see how to set up and get started with PacketFence.
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