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O'Reilly Network: Securing Your Home Network With the Edge Firewall

Jun 10, 2000, 21:12 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carl Constantine)

"Securing your home computer or home network requires that you understand a little about your setup. Important considerations include the kind of network connection you have (cable, DSL, or dedicated T1-T3), the approximate amount of network traffic that goes through your system, any extra hardware that can be used as a dedicated firewall, and operating system choice. Knowing this information greatly helps you make informed decisions later on."

"The most common method of securing a home network is to use a firewall. A firewall is a computer, hub, or router configured specifically to stop unwanted outside traffic from accessing your internal network. For example, you don't want people to gain access to your computer, but you do want people to view pages on a web server. Think of a firewall as the first line of defense against outside attacks. And that's exactly what it is, no more, no less. You give yourself a false sense of security by stopping at the firewall level. In fact there is much more to be done, but a properly configured firewall goes a long way toward stopping cyber criminals. For the purposes of this article, we concentrate on the firewall. Future articles will cover other security issues."

"Edge FirePlug is a very well-designed firewall solution from FirePlug Computers, Inc. in Vancouver, BC. One of the reasons I chose Edge FirePlug (just called Edge) is that it's designed specifically for use on cable modem and DSL connections. Another reason I chose Edge is that it is very easy to set up and customize to the needs of my network."

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