24 Jul

Safeguarding Family Internet – Firewalls

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Yep.  Jack Bauer uses them all the time.  Every movie, TV show, novel, and newspaper article talks about them.  Apparently, they exist as some magical device that at one time both renders a “server” impenetrable and throws open secret files to terrorists.  Depending on the character in our little drama, there seems to always hide some trick or pathway around this “firewall” thing, and the description usually relies on pseudo-technical jargon to explain it away.

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09 Mar

Safeguarding Family Internet – Overview

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My wife and I home school our children using excellent videos from Abeka, and it works out very well.  They can travel with me when the opportunity arises, work from the dentist’s waiting room, or whatever.  Except for the problem of how to let the kids get to the Internet safely.  Well, there’s all kinds of thoughts out there on the subject.  Everything from “Don’t” (absolutist) to the school of thought that says “They’re Going to See It Anyway” (defeatist).  Then there are the people who say, “My kids would never do anything like that…”

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28 Apr

Linux.com Article: Protecting Networks with SmoothWall Express 3.0

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Originally published at www.linux.com on December 09, 2008 at 09:00 AM; reprinted with the author’s permission.

Corporations and home users alike need firewall protection. Many choices abound, including some expensive, commercial options that only run on specialized hardware. Others, like SmoothWall Express, are freely downloadable, built on the same technology as the commercial solutions, and even deliver some superior features.

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18 Dec

Network Security 101 – Data Classification

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Ok, this really isn’t that difficult.

There are two main classification schemes for data objects; the most well-known is used by the US Government for protected national information.It uses terms, now made somewhat clichéd in popular media. The other generally used schema is for the private sector.

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09 Dec

New Article Published – Protect Your Network with SmoothWall 3

Once again, I have pestered the editors at the ordinarily refined Linux.com into publishing an article.  I had a harder time getting this one right.  I was stuck in a fiction writing mode–half of the sentences I wrote were in passive voice.  Very frustrating–probably more so for the editors.

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http://www.linux.com/feature/154568

In any case, go check out the story–SmoothWall is an excellent choice for network border security.

13 Mar

Nessus (Old)

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There are a great many commercial network security scanners on the market. McAfee FoundStone, HfNetCheck, Retina, and probably scads of others. The problem with this is the word “commercial”. Commercial means “takes money”. Well, scanning with Nessus would be a good way to save money, right?

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