Linked by Igor Ljubuncic on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:35 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I've bored the readers of my personal website to death with two rather prosaic articles debating the Linux security model, in direct relation to Windows and associated claims of wondrous infections and lacks thereof. However, I haven't yet discussed even a single program that you can use on your Linux machine to gauge your security. For my inaugural article for OSNews, I'll leave the conceptual stuff behind, and focus on specific vectors of security, within the world of reason and moderation that I've created and show you how you can bolster a healthy strategy with some tactical polish, namely software.
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Even if SSH wasn't so wonderfully useful

Yep, SSH is awesome.

I'd still recommend firewall rules if only to detect port scanning and other network oddities.

Why bother? If you're connected to the internet you're going to get port scanned and probed. It's a fact, you don't need a packet filter to tell you that.
Heck, you're probably getting scanned and probed so often that that logs will be too big to be useful.

If it has a network connection, it should have a firewall in place.

Firewalls are over-rated, both on workstations and standalone gateways.

Off-topic but this is especially common in corporate environments where many managers seem to think that firewalls (especially Cisco ones) are magic amulets that will protect you from all evil.

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