Topics and discussions on improving safety of our online presence.

  • Setup AWS VPN using OpenVPN AMI
    OpenVPN offers OpenVPN Access Server AMIs at AWS Marketplace where you can use to establish VPN connections to your AWS VPC. There are several versions based upon the number of connected devices you needed. OpenVPN Access Server does not charge extra if you only need up to 2 connected devices. Make sure you select the … Read more
  • Guide to install pfSense 2.5.2
    This is an updated installation guide in according to the installation guide for pfSense 2.4.4 I posted couple years ago. You can reference it on how to create USB installer. Note: The installation process for pfSense 2.5.2 vs pfSense 2.4.4 is mostly the same with minor differences. Minimum Hardware Requirements 64-bit amd64 (x86-64) compatible CPU … Read more
  • 5 tips to open PDF files more safely
    Fact: Simply opening an infected PDF file can get your device compromised. Need: to open PDF files more safely. PDF probably is the most commonly used format to facilitate exchange of electronic copy of documents. We share content using PDFs all over the web, through emails. And we receive our statements, bills, invoices from our providers. … Read more
  • Setup Wi-Fi VLANs with Tomato on RT-N66U
    IMPORTANT: installing custom firmware always pose risk of bricking your device. Do it at your own risk. This guide will show you how to use custom firmware Tomato by Shibby on Asus RT-N66U as a wireless access point (WAP) to setup multiple Wi-Fi VLANs. This is an alternate method of setting up Wi-Fi subnets of … Read more
  • 3 ways to disable hyperlinks in outlook emails
    Do not click any hyperlinks in incoming emails. That’s the best way to combat against spam and phishing emails. Not even links in emails from your trusted ones. Because those emails can also be fake. The best approach is to disable the ability to click the links. There are different ways in disabling hyperlinks in outlook … Read more
  • Protect your home network from DNS spoofing
    Protect your network from DNS spoofing is important to avoid phishing and malware infection. Domain name server (DNS) is responsible to translate a human-readable domain name to an IP address. When you visit a website (e.g., your browser will first contact and obtain the IP address from a DNS server and then use the actual … Read more
  • Use VPN to secure ALL your Internet activities
    Internet has been our go to place. And we rely more and more on the Internet for our daily activities that involve sensitive personal information and credentials. The best way is to encrypt them and that’s where you can use VPN to secure ALL your Internet activities. What is VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private … Read more
  • Setup PIA VPN in home network with pfSense
    This guide will setup VPN client at pfSense firewall so that all devices within the home network would use VPN for all Internet access. It is assumed that you already have pfSense firewall set up and running. For more info on how to setup/install pfSense, check out Home network setup subnets with pfSense firewall. What … Read more
  • 8 tips to make your home router more secure
    Your ISP router is the device that connects your home network to the Internet, a 24/7 world. And your ISP router is the very first device hackers try to exploit and gain access to your network. So it’s very important to make your home router as secure as your can. Here are some tips to … Read more
  • 6 tips to make your home Wi-Fi more secure
    Wi-Fi makes things easy and convenient. It also makes it convenient for bad guys to try break in to your network because the bad guys can do it outside your house. Therefore, to secure your home network, it’s also very important to make your home Wi-Fi more secure. If your Wi-Fi access point is also … Read more
  • How to use public Wi-Fi Hotspots safely
    Use a virtual private network (VPN) if you want to use a public Wi-Fi hotspots safely. Public WiFi hotspots should never be trusted. Avoid them if you can. If you really have to use them, use a VPN. Risks of public Wi-Fi Hotspots When you place your device on a network you don’t own (or not … Read more
  • Safer web browsing using Microsoft Edge & WDAG
    We discussed Safer web browsing with vm on windows 10 hyper-v before by creating virtual machine. There is now an alternative thanks to WDAG. WDAG stands for Windows Defender Application Guard. It’s Microsoft’s latest effort to offer safer web browsing using isolated Hyper-V enabled container. You can use Microsoft Edge with WDAG enabled and the browser … Read more
  • Safer web browsing with vm on windows 10 hyper-v
    Internet is a wild place. Malware and attacks are getting sophisticated. There are many different ways your computer can get infected or compromised. We can achieve safer web browsing by isolation. That is, use a dedicated machine only to do web browsing and do not store any important data. When the machine is infected, we … Read more
  • Setup Wi-Fi VLAN subnets for home network
    This post will describe how to setup Wi-Fi VLAN subnets for your home network. This is the part 3 of a 3 steps guide to protect home network using subnets, based on using a pfSense firewall and VLAN. Part 1: Create initial subnets using pfSense firewall Part 2: Setup more subnets using VLANs Part 3: … Read more
  • Setup VLAN subnets for home network
    This post will describe how to setup VLAN subnets for your home network. This is the part 2 of a 3 steps guide to protect home network using subnets, based on using a pfSense firewall. Part 1: Create initial subnets using pfSense firewall Part 2: Setup more subnets using VLANs Part 3: Setup Wi-Fi subnets … Read more
  • Protect home network using subnets with pfSense
    You can better protect your home network, your sensitive data & activities by separating your home network into sub-networks (subnets). A typical home network is a simple single network. A single network that allows connections (wired or wireless) from all computers, mobile devices, peripheral devices and Internet enabled devices like Internet of things (IoT). Risks … Read more
  • Guide to install pfSense 2.4.4 using flash drive
    UPDATE: New Guide to install pfSense 2.5.2 A basic pfSense can run with 500 Mhz CPU with 512 MB RAM. So if you have an old machine available, you can try the installation on it if this is your first time installing pfSense. Please note that pfSense 2.4+ only supports 64-bit CPUs IMPORTANT: This guide … Read more
  • Guide: Backup to cloud storage using Boxcryptor
    Data is your digital assets. It’s the most important aspect you have on your computers or mobile devices. Many things can happen leading to hardware failure, lost or data corruption. You can replace the hardware, reinstall operating system and applications. But you may not be able to recover your data. They could be lost forever. … Read more
  • 5 steps to improve your online account security
    Anything on the web is available 24 by 7. So are your online accounts. Data breaches are happening every single day. In 2017, there were a record high of 1,579 data breaches in U.S, tracked by Identity Theft Resource Center. Don’t wait any longer. It’s time to enhance your online account security and keep them … Read more

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