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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
What you can do to secure your home network
1. Don't use Microsoft Windows. It has
holes engineered into it paid for by NSA. Hackers will find some of
these holes. Linux Mint 17 is a better operating system (OS)than
Windows. It is free and more secure. You can download it from the
Internet or buy a Linux magazine that includes a Mint DVD. You can
install it and update it in less than on hour Try that with MS
2. Purchase a router with DD_WRT or
Tomato firmware installed. It provides better security than the home
router you can get at a computer store. It is also possible your
existing router can be upgraded with either Tomato or DD-WRT
3. Configure your browser so it doesn't
remember any history, There are also some great security browser
extensions like Ghostery and No Script. Use the Duck, Duck, Go
search engine because this search engine uses secure SSL security.
Your Internet searches are not archived either.
4. By all means install anti-virus
software on you PC before you connect to the Internet. If you are
using Linux, ClamAV can be downloaded using the internal Synaptic
Package Manager. Avast AV has to be downloaded from the AVAST website
and you need to request a free registration key by email. Then run a
virus scan on your home directory and then the complete OS.
5. Install a uninterpretable power
supply to protect your PC, cable modem and router form surges,
spikes, brownouts and drops. This upgrade can extend the life of your
router, cable modem and PC or laptop for years.
6. If you are using wireless, use a
12-14 digit password and change it at least quarterly.
Hardinfo Ip connections display
7. In Linux, use Hardinfo IP
connections check your security. You should not have any established
connections to the Internet when your browser is closed. In this
example the browser is connected to the Internet and I have two
established connections. If you have any established connections with
public IP addressees when the browser is closed, you probably have a
Trojan or some other malware that is lurking in your PC.
8. Linux Mint has the IP tables
firewall and you can use the GUFW front end to modify the firewall.
You do need a basic understanding o IP addressing and ports to use
this firewall. Likewise, the ClamAV anti-virus program has the Clam
TK front end graphical user interface.
9.You can use Keypass to store
passwords on your desktop or Lastpass extension in your browser. This
will allow you to have many unique passwords for email, bank accounts
and online retailers.
There are many other things you can do
to improve security in your home networks. These are just some
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