This page should be accessible to users who can understand basic computer jargon

It should give you some advice should make you better protected than most

  • Disable unused and rarely used services
  • Use encryption tools rather than passwords, like ssh for remote logins
  • Change your keys and passwords regularly
  • Use a password manager rather than reusing the same passwords (especially important with the amount of poorly secured internet web sites)
  • Use pgp to encrypt and digitally sign emails, allowing emails to be authenticated, available from GnuPG (although it does not support the patented IDEA algorithm, it has many other better ones and is truly free software - no strings attached)
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Always adapt filtering to discard false positives (and only false positives...)
  • Don't use ftp, or jail your ftp
  • Always opt for the more secure option, when choosing software, ISP, hardware, etc.

For even more security, follow on to our advanced options or use professional services