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IceFloor: Harden Your Mac OS X Firewall

Once upon a time, I believed that computers behind the router/firewall on a home network were pretty safe from hacking. Yes, I knew that I could download nasty bits of software from the Internet, but as far as being hacked by access from “my” network, it just wasn’t likely. I didn’t use software firewalls on […]

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Port Forwarding and Small Network Security

Port forwarding is found in both business enterprise and small-business computer networks. As home computer networks are becoming both more common and complex, port forwarding can be found here as well. While enterprise level networks use highly advanced routers and hardware firewalls for protection, the processes of secure shells, tunneling, and port forwarding can function with a […]

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Take Your Mac OS X Security to NSA Standards

While doing research for another article, I came across NSA’s security setup for Mac OS X. No, the information gained was not from a clandestine hack, or some form of Wiki-Leaks. All the data you see here is readily available from the public version of NSA’s website, and will boost OS X Security on a […]

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UFW: The Linux Uncomplicated Firewall

Recently while monitoring traffic on my LAN, I noticed activity from URL’s and IP addresses that had somehow got past my router, and were roaming my network.  Some immediate tweaks to my router stopped that activity (at least for the time being). The event forced me to rethink security for my networked computers, and one […]

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Keep Your Mac Safe For Free Part 4 (The Little Things)

Semper Vigilans There are plenty of programs waiting to attack your computer in cyberspace: malware, virus’s, trojans, worms, phishing, and other assortments of strangely labeled nasty code. Their purpose is to take your personal data (credit card info, phone numbers, addresses, license numbers, social security numbers, etc.) off your computer.  This information is then sold […]

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Keep Your Mac Safe For Free (On the Net) Part 2

In last week’s blog entry (http://wp.me/p2J68t-u), we discussed these “free” ways to keep your Mac safe:  Keep the Mac OS X up to date, turn “off” Java, adjust settings in Adobe Flash Player, install an anti-virus program, set up your built-in firewall, and password protection.  This week, we’ll discuss how to keep your Mac safe […]

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Keep Your Mac Safe For Free Part 1

Until 2008, I was a Window’s user.  One of the things you get used to very fast when using Microsoft’s operating systems is that you need to keep them secure, and do so quickly.  I once read that a Window’s machine, without anti-virus, firewall, etc. connected to the Internet had, on the average, about 20 […]