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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Once you've allowed access to your server through your firewall or proxy
server, you need to carefully configure the computer running the
service. Although the serving computer isn't entirely exposed to the
Internet, even one port can be all that a good cracker needs to mess with
your data and network. If you think of your server as being directly
connected to the Internet, you'll have the right mindset toward properly
locking it down.
The server computer should be locked up tight and watched
closely. Here's a list of ToDo's:
Run only the services that you need to run and
don't run anything that you don't understand the purpose of.
Havestrong password protection
on any administration interfaces or access control login
screens. This is the easiest, yet most often overlooked
protection against getting broken into.
Share only the data you need to share.
Yes, sharing your entire hard drive is quick and easy and anyone who
breaks into your system will be glad you did! If you must
share an entire drive, then create a separate drive partition, put the
files you want to share there, and share that drive, not your main
Be careful with File and Printer Sharing. Turn
it on when you need to update the server and off otherwise. It
that's not practical, at least unbind it from TCP/IP and bind it to
NetBEUI or IPX/SPX (see this page).
Back up the at least the server's data files
regularly and periodically back up the entire machine.
Enable logging on any services and review the
logs on a regular basis for any suspicious activity.
Run good, current version, anti-virus software
and update the virus data files regularly.
There are entire Web sites devoted to security (some of which are listed
here), so we've just put
a tiny scratch in the surface of the subject. But if you use the
above information correctly, you should be able to serve safely!
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