Computer Security

Internet securityby Beers R Us

This is a guide to get you started securing your home network and computers. We won’t dive into the intricate parts of each software package but if you have any specific questions you can shoot an email to [email protected]

Security should be done in layers. We’ll start with a basic 3 layer approach.

First layer should include at a minimum, an active firewall on your router, wpa2 password protection for wifi, and original password/username for admin login. Most routers come with a firewall feature, if it doesn’t, don’t buy it. I personally run a Cisco 4200e router. I have opted to load an open source software package DD-WRT on it rather than the factory software. The open source software opens up the router and allows you to tune it to your specific needs. For the basic home network the factory software is more than adequate and easy to setup. It has some very nice security features and you can lock down your network within an hour. You will want to read the help sections to see what is relevant to your system.

Second layer should be password protection, a firewall, antivirus, and malware detection on each computer.  You should have passwords setup at the bios boot of each computer, if supported, and for each user login. It can be a little overwhelming to choose a security software package with all the choices on the market. It would be overwhelming to cover all of them also. So I will list what I have found works for my home networking/server setup.  If I like the software after I’ve tried it I always donate or buy it.

AVG free2014 antivirus protection: The program is easy to load, straight forward, runs in the background and doesn’t use an enormous amount of resources.

I only use the antivirus and have no use for the other software modules that come with it, but if you like it, buy it.

Comodo dragon firewall ( Comodo has some powerful features with a lot of control and ease of use. Even the basic homeowner can dive in and figure it out. If you get stuck there is lots of help on the net.

Malwarebytes free edition ( This software package has saved more than one computer. It’s one of the few programs that will remove the nastiest most buried virus, worm or Trojan on your system. Once you’ve loaded it and tried it I recommend you buy this and put it on every computer you own.

Spybot S&D free for home users ( This is a great little program to keep malware off your computer with some really neat and easy to use tools. This is free ware for home use, but I donate for each use.

Peerblock ( This nifty little program lets you control who your computer talks to. It’s an IP blocker, where you select lists that run in the background and will not let your computer talk the ip’s on the block list. If the NSA ip’s are on the list it will not allow them to talk to your computer.

Auslogics boostspeed ( Boostspeed is very powerful, full of features and will keep your computer clean and running nicely. It’s not free and does cost around $50 for a license, but well worth the money.  When used properly this is the best program I have found for what it does.

Truecrypt ( Truecrypt is free open-source encryption software with all the tools you need to encrypt your data the way you want. It uses an on the fly process which automatically encrypts data right before it is saved and decrypts it right after it’s loaded.  You will find a lot of uses for this software.

The third layer of security should be at the program level. Passwords should be used at all turns and don’t use the same one all the time. I use 6 different passwords for each step of my security and rotate/change them if there is an intrusion or every couple of months.  

Do this and you can surf to your heart’s content.


Need help or have questions please email: [email protected]


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