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The Ideal Firewall

This section would not be complete without at least a mention of one of the most secure operating system and firewall setups available to home users. Although WinRoute is an exceptional firewall running on Windows operating systems, some Unix-based alternatives are also available. OpenBSD is a free operating system that is available from www.openbsd.org. It is considered one of the most secure operating systems in existence. Using OpenBSD has a steep learning curve if you are only used to Windows systems. Plenty of help and documentation are available if you are serious about setting up an advanced and highly secure firewall system. Following is a quick list of what you will need:

  • OpenBSD operating system (the latest version is 2.9)

  • IPF and IPNAT software (comes with the operating system)

  • Laptop with an Intel Pentium processor

  • Two network cards

  • Time and willingness to learn


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