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Internet has revolutionized the way online users can shop and avail banking services like internet Banking from anywhere, anytime without visiting bank. But, how safe is your money with online net-banking which allows to carry out money transfer? Companies and in some case individuals lost anywhere from $10,000 to $500,000 dollars because of a single malware infection. The cyber crooks are targeting innocent MS-Windows user. If you are concerned about how best to protect yourself from this type of fraud, use Linux LiveCD for online banking and avoid Microsoft Windows at all cost.
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Good news for all hackers.

NETGEAR launches Open Source edition of wireless-G router enabling Linux developers, geeks, hackers and enthusiasts to create Firmware for specialized applications

Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) delivers higher processing power and more memory for a Wide Variety of customized applications. The product is supported by a dedicated and responsive open source community.

Tech Specs

The high-performance WGR614L, which is "Works with Windows Vista" certified, features a 240 MHz MIPS32 CPU core with 16 KB of instruction cache, 16 KB of data cache, 1 KB of pre-fetch cache, and incorporates 4 MB of flash memory and 16 MB of RAM. In addition to an external 2 dBi antenna, the WGR614L integrates a second internal diversity antenna to provide enhanced performance and range. The router supports free open source Linux-based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware and will soon support OpenWRT.

NETGEAR WGR614L Open Source Router

Community support

The WGR614L is supported by a dedicated open source router community at myopenrouter.com.

Features:

  • Open source - free to install any firmware
  • Hotspots, guest access via a separate SSID
  • Upstream and downstream QOS and intelligent bandwidth monitoring
  • One 10/100 Internet WAN port and a four-port 10/100 LAN switch
  • 802.11g access point (54 Mbps).
  • Static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, VPN pass-through (IPSec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server), and Bigpond.
  • A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall
  • Support for 40-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2-PSK, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
  • Additional security features include DMZ, MAC address authentication, URL content filtering, logs and e-mail alerts of Internet activity.

WGR614L Wireless-G Router Price

The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router is available at a retail price in the U.S. of $69.

In this practical introduction to the basics of securing your home wireless network, you will learn how to secure a network of game consoles, phones, and PCs. Following are totally useless security measurements specified in arstechnica's guide:

=> MAC filtering
=> Disable DHCP
=> Disable SSID

You need to enable WPA / WPA2 to protect network (don't use wep). I also recommend disabling Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support. The UPnP protocol does not implement any authentication, so UPnP device implementations must implement their own authentication mechanisms, or implement the Device Security Service. Unfortunately, many UPnP device implementations lack authentication mechanisms, and by default assume local systems and their users are completely trustworthy. Most notably, Routers and firewalls running the UPnP IGD protocol are vulnerable to attack since the framers of the protocol omitted to add any standard authentication method.


My recommendation

  1. Always use WPA / WPA2 with TKIP or AES encrypting with a strong paraphrase
  2. Change paraphrase every month
  3. Disable UPnP
  4. Disable wireless router remote (public IP based) management and ssh / telnet port features. Only use your local PC for telnet / ssh or router management.
  5. Turn on firewall, port scan and DoS protection (which is a default for many routers)
  6. Turn on email notification when DoS or port scan attack detected
  7. You may find our WPA / WPA2 Linux configuration guide useful
  8. Additional tips for Windows user - Use an anti virus, firewall / internet secruity suite. Most important don't use bloated Norton product. My personal recommendation is NOD32 or kaspersky anti-Virus. Both are extremely light on system resources and detecting viruses. Either is an excellent anti-virus solution. Keep your operating system and virus databases always up to date.

=> Read: The ABCs of securing your wireless network

If you have more security tips, please add them in the comments.