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
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.
MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.
Some routers support detailed logging via Syslog. Syslog is an industry standard protocol used for capturing log information for
devices on a network, usually via UDP Port 514.
Syslog support is included in Unix and Linux based systems, but is not
included in Windows and MacOs. However, there are third-party
applications available to add this capability to your system.
The following applications run on Windows unless otherwise noted:
TriAction Syslog Daemon (Thnx Bill Pye!)
30 day free trial, $30 license http://www.triaction.nl/syslog.htm Has rule engine for filtering and rerouting of messages. Can also
react to events and trigger or execute an external program.
"Basic" features are free, more advanced features require
$49 registration. http://www.kiwi-enterprises.com/
Supports multiple TCP syslog connections and Cisco PIX firewall. "Basic"
features are pretty comprehensive! Minimizes nicely to the system
tray. 6.2.9 adds SNMP trap logging capability &
Microtik syslog daemon[Win95,98,NT,2000]
This is a networking hardware manufacturer from Latvia. It is a nice
and compact standard syslog daemon.
Netlogger [MacOs] $10 Shareware
A syslog client that will let your Mac accept log files from a syslog
SL4NT [WinNT4, Win2000 only] 60 day free trial, $95 for single user license Download
Syslog Daemon [Windows] Free syslog daemon written in Visual Basic 5 by Eckhart von dem
Berge. Installer includes all VB modules.
(The installer talks to you in German, but you can figure out what
to do. Docs are in English. Thanks to Alan Ridgeway for the
tip!) Download here
Syslogd [Macintosh] $20 shareware, requires StuffIt Expander to open.
An implementation of the UNIX program by the same name for the Mac OS.
It's a daemon that accepts messages from other applications and the
network, and writes them out to system wide log files. (Thanks to reader
Wolfgang Husmann for letting us know about it.) Download