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Is there a down side to how so many security products bundle multiple components into one these days?

For example it seems like anti-virus, anti-spam and firewalls have sort of merged into one product. Is there a downside to this? I don't know of any software firewalls that can be purchased without an ...
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hardware firewall placement

In a home office environment with cable internet, can a hardware firewall be placed in front of/upstream from a cable modem to also protect the modem from tampering by the isp or a hacker?
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Why block network ports?

There was another good question here on why you should block outgoing traffic: Why block outgoing network traffic with a firewall? But I was hoping to get an answer on why it is a good idea to block ...
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Are there “LAN IPs” on the internet?

I have a home-made web application and thought that an easy way to secure it's administration interface would be to simply reject all IPs that arent from 192.168... Is this viable? is it possible for ...
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How to restrict access to unwanted sites?

I use Ubuntu 13.10. I tried to used OpenDNS to restrict some websites. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that. I use AirStream 1200 USB modem to access WiMax internet. OpenDNS setting didn't work for me at ...
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Throttling DropBox behind a firewall

Our office network bandwidth gets choked when an employee copies a large file into her DropBox, since it gets downloaded on several machines (of other employees). LAN Sync is an option, but needs to ...
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Block all Nmap scan methods on Windows [closed]

How can I prevent someone from scanning my Windows box using Nmap? I used Comodo as my firewall but someone still can scan my box using Nmap and get some info like open services and OS detection.
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Identify if files are being transferred from my computer over the internet

This may seem like a silly question to most, but... I recently has some spyware infected on my machine, which I have since gotten rid of. Using a couple of scanners (that come recommended on various ...
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Is blocking UDP and TCP sufficient to prevent unwanted network activity?

I want to be 100% sure that my machine only connects where and when I want it to. If I use a firewall that blocks all UDP and TCP packets but those that I explicitly allow to pass, can I be 100% sure ...
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Suspicious VMWare connections that bypass firewall

I'm running VMWare 5 and I have found that when I start up VMWare I see two connections: TCP 10.100.100.161:55555->as-40816.engx.vmware.com:https (ESTABLISHED) TCP ...
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Are KIS 2014, Malewarebytes Pro and SpyBot sufficient to prevent internet attacks?

As mentionned in the title, I have KIS 2014, Malewarebyte Pro and Spybot installaed on my windows 7 (regularly updated). I regularly scan my pc for viruses and spywares and clean it with Glary ...
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Using only a firewall, how do I protect a database server from be exposed?

If I had two firewalls, I could put a web server within a DMZ and then with the second firewall restrict the access to the DB server. However, If I only have one firewall, how could I accomplish ...
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Difference between IDS and IPS and Firewall

The differences between an IDS and a firewall are that the latter prevents malicious traffic, whereas the IDS: Passive IDS: the IDS only reports that there was an intrusion. Active IDS: the IDS also ...
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Is there a supported way to run a custom log export script at boot time in Checkpoint's Gaia OS?

Specifically, we're using fwm logexport piped to logger to dump the audit logs in real time via syslog to our SEIM. It works great if the command is run manually (in the background) from the "expert" ...
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Who watches the watchmen? User empowerment over firewall behaviour on a personal computer

I've been exploring the gamut of free Windows firewall applications recently and have encountered the following problem: The better firewalls are excellent at stopping other apps from phoning home ...
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Moving all servers to routeable IP Addresses

Company I am consulting to wants to move all their servers from private IP space to public IP space. I'm am trying to convince them that this is a bad idea that it makes sense to move only certain ...
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Should I use a firewall even though I am on a private vlan inside a data-center?

Working on setting up some new infrastructure and I want to configure everything so that it's as secure as it needs to be, but I don't want to worry too much about adding additional unneeded ...
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Packet filtering firewall - (Network Layer) [closed]

I would like to know what does this particular rule of the packet filtering firewall ruleset do: Source Address: Any Source Port: Any Destination Address: 192.168.1.0 Destination Port: 1023 and above ...
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Expose web service in a secure manner

Requirement I have a web service I need to expose on the DMZ for external communication. The web service communicates directly with a critical database that sits on an internal net. Current ...
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Benefit of having strict ACLs [closed]

My company uses strict ACLs for the connection between two boxes. What are the benefits of these?
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Linux: Blocking outside attempts at attacking computer

in the past when I wanted to block outsiders from attempting to start connections with my Linux machine's various TCP services, what I was told to do was to add this line to /etc/hosts.deny: ...
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Benefits of REJECT over DROP on a single PC

Recently I learned about the difference between DROP and REJECT in a firewall. I understand that REJECT is better because it closes the connection immediately instead of waiting for timeout as DROP ...
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Why do outgoing rules have priority over incoming rules?

I've been spending the morning playing with my routers and I've checked one thing: All of them come by default with an implicit deny configuration for incoming traffic, that is all packets should be ...
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Limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a specific network

Is it possible to limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a a specific network using the client software? Right now the closest I can come up with would be IP limitations imposed on each client using a ...
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Handling security with sub-domains pointing to boxes

Generally, despite running hardware+software firewall combos and keeping every layer 7 aspect of the box secure, I don't like to disclose the direct IP addresses of our servers to the public as a ...
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SYN flooding attack causing high CPU on hardware firewall

I have a ZyWall USG 200 firewall. A few days ago there was a SYN flooding attack on it causing 100% CPU load. After investigating it turns out this was attack from a single IP address and while the ...
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How to effectivily block torrents on my network?

Hie, As per my network policy, we have to block all torrent traffic from network. To do this, I used to block all ports above 1024 on my firewall/proxy devices. But due to this, many other ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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Why do home internet users cant communicate with their peers? [closed]

As a home internet users, why does my ISP block my communication with any other client on the same subnet as mine? It is done for security obviously, but what is the risk? Update: as clarified by ...
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Why my proxy is still having some connections blocked

I am behind a firewall in France. I connect to proxy A, in Ireland with Dante via SSH port 22 and make a tunnel forwarding port 1080. The proxy works as expected but still having a port range ...
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Kerberos authentication over the public internet

What are the threats to having the KDC accessible via the internet for remote clients? It's my understanding that the authentication is a challenge/response protocol and that the password is never ...
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firewall settings for VPN

In my firewall settings there are options for "Allow VPN connections via PPTP" and "Allow VPN connections via L2tp-IPsec". All of my internet traffic goes through a VPN. Should I have these settings ...
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hijacking fedora or ubuntu or windows upgrades on the fly

is It theoretically possible to hijack (I mean substitute on the fly) the fedora or ubuntu or windows packages upgrades if a cracker has owned the company's firewall/proxy ?
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Can hardware firewalls be infected?

If a computer is directly connected to the internet, it is vulnerable to attacks. So we attach a hardware firewall between the computer and the internet. But doesn't this new setup mean that now our ...
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Does a network behind a NAT\modem firewall need a firewall?

Would it be justified for a business that is behind a SOHO router\WIFI to run a firewall such as PFSense, or is the firewalling capabilities in the router "good enough". For the most part the router ...
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Level of Data Security in iOS [closed]

How secure is the data stored on iOS devices, specifically app data like notes, pictures, etc.? Are there any ways to make it more secure?
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fail2ban and iptables

Should fail2ban be the master of iptables rules? For example, should I setup my firewall rules along side the fail2ban rules, or should I have all my services configured and managed by fail2ban? ...
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Shorewall stopped policies - routeback

Here goes a very specific question about the insides of Shorewall and Iptables in general. Shorewall supports configuration of "Stopped Policies" using the file routestopped, which defines the ...
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Are local firewalls necessary

Is having local firewalls enabled on machines actually necessary if you run hardware based firewalls like pfsense or a netgear fvs338 and use that to control in/out bound connections? I personally do ...
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How to run any application through a proxy with PUTTY? [closed]

Maybe I did not search for it the right way but I could not find the solution. Maybe I am misinformed but if I understand correctly I could use PUTTY to run any Windows applications through a proxy ...
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Remote Administration Tools and firewalls

I was faced with a question a few days ago, regarding how a RAT server can reach out through the firewall and connect to the client. This was something that I've never given any thought to before, so ...
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Isolate a Virtualbox VM from local network [closed]

I have the need to isolate a virtual machine created with Virtualbox from the local network but I need to provide internet access to that machine. It is the first time that I face this kind of ...
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Is an outbound firewall connection 'safer' than an inbound

We're trying to determine if pushing data through a firewall is more safe than pulling it. The data will be from SSIS to SSIS through the firewall. An advisor here has suggested that pushing the data ...
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One time password over SMS - exposing the Authentication Server to the internet

Consider a Internet Based Website which does authentication. The Web Application can do the authentication by calling an Authentication Server which is not connected to the internet. The ...
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Firewall defined Akamai IP Range [closed]

With obvious dangers of opening up a wide range of ips, does anyone know how I can get a source of IP ranges for Akamai? When talking to Akamai they say 'not possible' which I find surprising. I ...
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Assuming no MITM, is Gmail communication 100% secure and private?

I sometimes have to use my personal Gmail account from my company workstation, where I know for fact they are using content-aware firewall(s) like Palo Alto, and potentially other nasty things like ...
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Firewall & TCP Traffic

I have a question regarding network firewalls and TCP traffic. When a firewall rule is set to block either inbound traffic, outbound traffic, or both on a port, does that only apply to initial ...
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Mixing stateless and stateful firewall rules

I have been advised that mixing firewall rules that are both stateful and stateless can lead to trouble when it comes to troubleshooting. Is there any truth in this? Take the following two rule sets ...
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IPTable Security between two servers

Is using IPTables to only allow traffic between two servers considered an acceptable practice? For example TCP traffic on a defined port. I realize this is referred to as an ACL but how secure is ...
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How are IaaS Virtual Machines Isolated?

I am currently examining Hypervisor firewalls for my graduate thesis, but I unfortunately don't have a lot of experience with IaaS environments. How are IaaS Virtual Machines network isolated from ...