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Using VLAN’s to keep your IoT devices separate from your main network.

Using VLAN’s to keep your IoT devices separate from your main network.

Just over a month ago I decided it was time to  upgrade my home network and get rid of those troublesome consumer APs and routers that had numerous security flaws on them.  I went with Ubiquiti Networks as I liked the price point, and the options I had with the firewall, AP’s, and switches.  The switches also gave me the ability to use VLANs without costing a fortune either.  I also have a handful of IoT devices that may or may not...

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Password Security – Is rotating passwords helpful?

Many companies require that you change your password a number of times per year.  It usually ranges between 30 to 90 days.  However, does this provide any actual benefits to the overall user account security?  I do understand the logic behind it, your network will be more secure if all your users account passwords are changed frequently.  There are a few issues with this however.  The first issue is people tend to have issues remembering...

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The Economics of Security

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco I was able to listen to many interesting topics on security during the week I was there. This one covered the economics of security, and the five laws of security. Law 1: Most attackers aren’t evil or insane; they just want something. At first you might wonder why the distinction. The reason is, if a truly evil or insane person was attacking your system, or property you will not prevail. We simply do...

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The 5 top reported cyber scams

Internet scams, phishing attacks, email spam, we all deal with these numerous times a day.  If we stay on our toes, and remain alert chances are you will never fall victim to one of these attacks. With National Cyber Security Awareness month reaching the half way mark I thought I would share an infographic from Stay Safe Online.  Feel free to download the infographic and share it with friends and family and spread the word on Information...

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Sophos UTM – Web Filtering Options

Sophos UTM – Web Filtering Options

One of the great features of the Sophos UTM firewall is the ability to filter and monitor web traffic on your network.  If you are using this in a home network you will more than likely have it filtering far less than a corporate environment would.  You can be as permissive or restrictive as you wish.  You can also setup multiple policies and apply them to certain hosts, or users.  This will allow you to be more restrictive for young...

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Sophos UTM Firewall

Sophos UTM Firewall

I have been wanting to upgrade from my PIX 515E firewall for some time now.  I was originally looking into an ASA 5510, however seeing this is for my home network it is hard to justify the costs of such devices, even purchased off eBay.  I looked into other vendors as well, and while many of the devices are “doable” in cost, although still stretching it in the budget, it is the licensing that always gets me.  Many of them...

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