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 chosen your Sharing method and installed it, you'll
need to configure your Client computers to work with your chosen Sharing
software or hardware.
If you're sharing via Proxy like Wingate 2.1X or 3.X's proxy
service, you'll need to configure your client applications to use the
proxy server to connect to the Internet. Instructions for
configuring your Web browser can be found here.
If you want to do online gaming or use ICQ or other messaging applications,
you'll need to install and configure additional proxy services.
Consult your Sharing application's Help section to do this or check this
page for information on setting up mail, AOL or ICQ. The
also has help for Wingate and other Proxy server setup problems.
If you chose a NAT based method like Sygate, ICS, or a hardware
router, you generally don't need to mess with any of your applications
because NAT based sharing works its magic at the TCP/IP level. You
might have to change your TCP/IP settings from those given in the Network
setup section. The changes usually involve the Client's DNS
However, different Sharing programs require different setups and so do
different ISP's, so check the instructions that come with your Sharing
software or hardware for proper client setup. The Troubleshooting
page also has help for Sygate, ICS, Hardware router and NAT
setup problems. Manual TCP/IP settings for Sygate clients can be found
here, and for ICS can be found
Note that some Sharing programs will require you to enter the IP address
of your ISPs DNS Server instead of the IP address of the Sharing server in
the Client TCP/IP DNS properties.
Once you've gotten your Clients working, you have one more very
important step to complete.
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