[H-GEN] Best Easy Firewall

Greg Black gjb at humbug.org.au
Mon May 6 11:43:44 EDT 2002


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Mark Suter wrote:

| You should think about Security as part of your use of computers
| and even more generally.  It isn't something you can get by just
| installing a particular piece of software or employing firewalls
| and other such tools.

One thing to bear in mind is that security is a process, not a
product.  It is ongoing and requires constant attention:  even
if you have achieved what seems to be an acceptable level of
security today, tomorrow's developments will probably make at
least some of your assumptions wrong.  The bad guys never give
up and never stop innovating; every security posture will be at
least one step behind.

| The following is a good introduction to some basics; however, we
| are talking about an area in which experts are still learning as
| they go, so you must pay attention and relate the general advice
| to your own personal circumstances.
| 
|     http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html

This is certainly a useful resource, even if a little biased
towards to users of Microsoft systems.  In particular, it's
worth following most of the links (around 150 of them) for a
more in-depth understanding of many of the issues noted.

Another useful resource is Crypto-Gram, a free monthly email
newsletter put out by Bruce Schneier (author of "Applied
Cryptography" and many security-related publications).  It
provides "summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on
computer security and cryptography."

Back issues and subscription information are available on
<http://www.counterpane.com/crypto-gram.html>.

Greg

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