Virtual Machines Aren’t Perfect Sandboxes

A few months ago, I had a problem with one of my Virtual Machines (VMs), so I fired up Wireshark, and started capturing traffic. At first I thought I was seeing things. There was a bunch of traffic that was not originating on the VM; it was originating on the host OS. That seemed mighty […]

How to Protect Yourself from Hacking Attacks

Hacking attacks happen all the time and pose a real security threat. Here are ten things you can do to protect yourself:

1) Don’t use the same password for all of your user accounts. Choose a variety of passwords, and make each one strong (no full words, use both numbers and letters). Keep your list […]

How to Install an Internet Security Suite

You probably need an Internet Security Suite. Both Windows and Mac users need it. I don’t know of a good Internet Security Suites for Linux. But, if you’re running Linux, you are probably already fairly computer savvy. An Internet Security Suite usually has a number of components to protect you against different dangers from hackers:


How to Configure a Hardware Firewall

Devices that provide hardware firewalls usually need to be configured. It may be that the default factory settings are OK, and you don’t need to do anything extra. But, it would be good to contact your ISP, and ask if they have instructions for configuring your firewall with high security.

For example, I just installed […]

Hardware Firewalls

Firewalls are filters that keep the most of the bad Internet traffic out. There are two types of firewalls: hardware firewalls (a separate box you plug in between your computer and the Internet) and software firewalls (software that you install on your computer). You should be using BOTH types, but this post focuses on hardware […]