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The following links may be useful all on their own, but are offered primarily as a convenience for readers of the print book Privacy Tactics. These are the links from the chapter Additional Resource sections.

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Home Network Security

CERT Coordination Center
www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html
Help for Home Network Security

www.cert.org/tech_tips
Tech Tips

Firewall Software Reviews
from Steve Gibson, Gibson Research Corporation
grc.com/lt/scoreboard.htm

Gibson Research Corporation
Easy to understand explanation of how firewalls work. Includes online tests to see if your network is secure.
grc.com/su-firewalls.htm

Home PC Firewall Guide
www.firewallguide.com

Microsoft
How to Protect Your Network
www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/pro/using/howto/networking/homenet/protect.asp

tech tv
Several great articles on firewalls. Unfortunately, their web site is setup that deep down articles have very long web addresses. Go to the site's front page, type "firewall" in the search box, set the date back at least 6 months and initiate the search.
www.techtv.com

Home Network Security Testing

HackerWhacker: www.hackerwhacker.com
Broadband Reports: www.dslreports.com/secureme
NetStumbler for Wireless: www.netstumbler.com
Shields UP!!!: www.grc.com
Symantec Security Scan: security.norton.com

Equipment Vendors (Routers, Firewalls)

D-Link: www.d-link.com
Linksys/Cisco: www.linksys.com
NETGEAR: www.netgear.com
US Robotics: www.usrobotics.com

Software Vendors

All of the software vendors below are well known brands within the Firewall category. All have well known products which have been on the marketplace for some time. Visit their sites to compare features. The feature comparison alone is an excellent education helping you to decide what protection issues you are most concerned with.

BlackIce
from Internet Security Systems. Intrusion detection and personal firewall.
www.iss.net/solutions/home_office

IPSentry
Network monitoring software.
www.ipsentry.net

McAfee Firewall
Several stand-alone and bundled offerings from a leading virus and security software vendor.
www.mcafee.com

Microsoft XP Firewall
Instructions on how to use the built in Internet Connection Firewall to secure your home or office network. This software is already installed with Microsoft XP.
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/networking/icf.asp

Sygate Personal Firewall Pro
Firewall protection and intruder tracking tools.
smb.sygate.com/products/pspf/pspf_ov.htm

Symantec
Personal Firewall and privacy protection.
www.symantec.com/sabu/nis/npf

zeroknowledge systems
Freedom firewall and internet security.
www.freedom.net/products/firewall/index.html

ZoneAlarm
Firewall protection, hacker tracking, advisories.
www.zonelabs.com

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