Generating Secure Passwords for your Linux Server

During security audits, sysadmins will often have to set up new servers or harden existing server passwords. As a result, secure passwords have to be chosen for SFTP, admin panels, etc. Many practices make a server secure, but often neglected is using secure passwords. Notice that I didn’t include SSH or MySQL root passwords above. […]

How to Convert OpenSSH keys to Putty (.ppk) on Linux

PuTTYgen is a key generator for creating SSH keys for PuTTY. PuTTYgen is comparable in certain respects to the ssh-keygen tool. PuTTYgen can create public and private key pairs (in .ppk file format). In addition, PuTTYgen can also be used to convert keys to and from other formats. On Windows, PuTTYGen is a graphical tool. […]

5 Network Devices for work-from-home and Small Business 2023

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a mass migration from the work office to the home office. This continues to increase the requirements for better home network security, capacity, and additional capabilities. Small business and work-from-home networks must be more performant, reliable, accountable, and easier to manage. As such, network devices designed for consumers […]

How to Enable Unattended Upgrades on Ubuntu/Debian

Linux server security is of critical importance to sysadmins. One central part of keeping Linux servers secure is by installing security updates promptly. Too often, there are compromised servers on the internet due to pending security updates waiting for a manual update. On both Ubuntu and Debian, the unattended-upgrades package can be configured to perform […]

Enable Automatic Updates – Fedora/Red Hat + Bonus Tip

Linux server security is crucial to Linux server administration. Part of keeping Linux servers secure is installing security updates shortly after they become available. Too often, compromised servers are a result of pending security updates awaiting manual installation. In general, for critical servers where you cannot afford unplanned downtime should be very careful with automatic updates. While there are […]

Improving OpenVPN performance and throughput

OpenVPN, Wireguard, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, IKEv2, PPTP, or others. If you had the luxury of choosing, which VPN protocols would you use? Therein lies my problem. In my current use case, I must find a way to improve OpenVPN performance and throughput. You may have been following my Linux home lab build. One of the most […]

50 Top ‘Internet of Things’ Security Solutions

A couple of months back, I decided to maintain a list of companies that offer IoT (internet of things) security tools and solutions which you can find below. Feel free to share your solutions, feedback, and tips for securing IoT devices. In the future, I will update this list continuously. A few key questions arose […]

Firewalla Blue Plus Review by Ben Isai

I’d like to start off by thanking @hydn for the opportunity to enter and win this FWB+. Background I really enjoy homelabbing and playing with Linux (Servers/Networking devices). I have a few mini PCs, Raspberry Pis and other devices around the house that I thinker’ with. In 2020, I discovered Firewalla, and this company had everything I wanted, a beautiful phone […]

Nginx tuning tips: TLS/SSL HTTPS – Improved TTFB/latency

Since 30th June 2018, the PCI Security Standards Council has required that support for SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 be disabled and, more recently, to disable TLS 1.1. Using TLS 1.2 and 1.3 is strongly recommended. In addition, as of July 2018, Google Chrome began to mark ‘HTTP’ websites as “not secure.” Over the past […]