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Old 05-27-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
mike@wales
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how to get started with linux security


Hi i've been playing with mandrake 9.1, and its really opened my eyes to linux. My nvidia graphics card works great, scanner, flashpen, cdwriter. I'm now thinking about putting it on my main computer which has the broadband internet connection.

The only thing that concerns me is firewall protection. I know that mandrake has a firewall built in -shorwall - and mandrake control centre automatically sets up internet sharing. What i want to know is, will it be just a case of installing mandrake and letting it do its own thing (wishful thinking) or do i need to manually configure network settings? do i need to run two firewalls one on each system?

I've heard people talk about routers and proxy servers i'm not sure if i need any of this. I'm just interested in basic security for home network. If you could give me some general pointers i can go off and do some research

thanks
 
Old 05-27-2003, 12:05 PM   #2
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Sure. Have a go at the LQ FAQ: Security references.

Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of info, just start with post #1 the part about basics.
 
Old 05-27-2003, 01:41 PM   #3
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wow thats alot of info i can see why you typed "Don't be overwhelmed" - trouble with these pages is that they seem to be written in techno-speak with the assumption that you can follow what they are saying. These pages appear to have been written for everyone else except a newbie (or perhaps i'm just a lower grade newbie - a prenewbie?)

what i'm really looking for is something like - "the newbie guide to security - what u really need to know". or "ten helpful steps to improve your linux security" - something i can implement within 50 mins. Once i have the basic i can move on to better things if i wish - but i must repeat that its only a home network and i'm not the paranoid sort. Just interested basic defense, and would like to know whats accessing the system and what programs are dialing out while being able to access both computers with ease.

i'm just the average pc user who's decided to come aboard linux because looks a fun, different, economical and i like the philosophy. Has anybody any other suggestions??
 
Old 05-27-2003, 02:11 PM   #4
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In a distant url, far, far away, there once existed the domain linuxnewbie.org, filled with eager newbies attempting to help each other and writing a new type of linux documentition called Newbieized Help Files.

Sadly, it changed hands and is no longer as vibrant and friendly as it was then. However, the help files, now termed help file library, still exists.

You are probably looking for something like Securely Installing Linux.

Security help file library
 
Old 05-27-2003, 03:12 PM   #5
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Well maybe the thread unSpawn just recently posted is of interest for you?

Check it out: LQ REQ: Real newbie HOWTO's, refs, etc etc.
 
Old 05-27-2003, 05:13 PM   #6
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Well maybe the thread unSpawn just recently posted is of interest for you?
Uhm, no it won't, at least not for now.
I set up that thread because of his reply :-]
 
Old 05-27-2003, 06:00 PM   #7
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actually it is of interest. perhaps its no help at the moment, but the search for easy guides for me and my fellow newbies is important. Linux doesn't lack documentation its just the wrong sort (for me). However i can appreciate existing documentation on the web suits vast majority of linux users, who are serious I.T. pro's.
 
  


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