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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An improperly configured Linux/"unix" system
can be a magnet for crackers, spammers and all sorts
of folks who you'd rather not have to deal with. If you are going
to use a Linux/"unix" system, PLEASE secure it properly.
Read this for a basic overview
of what to do.
There are a few variants of "Unix-like" operating systems that
are available for free or "almost free". They all offer
powerful networking capability and can be used to turn an old 486 class
(or higher) machine into a router that will allow you to share your Internet
These sites have information on their respective operating systems, so
you can make your choice:
There is also an Linux
LAN & Firewall FAQ written by Robert L. Ziegler that explains
in precise detail how to set up your Linux computer as a IP
masquerading router. This is fairly specific to cable modem users.
If the idea of a Linux based solution appeals to you,
but you don't want to learn Linux just to share your connection, then
you might want to try ShareTheNet.
It costs $70 and basically turns your old '386 or '486 based
machine into a NAT router/firewall. There's also a free
version available if you already have Linux installed and are comfortable
building kernels and editing configuration files.
If you're a Road Runner user and want to use Linux,
then this page
is for you!
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