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LinuxGazette: A Private Home Network

Apr 29, 2001, 15:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stumpel)

"In order to prepare for the happy day in the future when permanent, high-speed connections to the Internet will be offered in my area, I decided it was a good idea to start investigating security issues. The results were shocking."

"The first shock came from looking at my long-neglected /var/log/syslog* files. A few 'refused connect from' entries. One 'connect from' to ftp which apparently succeeded. Oops. Dial-up Internet users are not overlooked by the crackers after all. And my security is not bullet-proof. Better to spend some time really looking at security. And to try to understand something of it this time. So this meant reading books, FAQ's, HOWTO's, and a lot of articles on the Web; and doing some experiments."

"This is the result of my investigations. Mind: I am not an expert, but just an amateur, a home user trying to make things work. Nothing of this comes with any guarantee."

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