- 1 Paul's Security Weekly - Episode 471 - 6:00PM
- 2 Interview:
- 3 Tech Segment: Building A PfSense Firewall - Part 1 - The Hardware
- 4 Security News - 7:00PM-8:00PM
Paul's Security Weekly - Episode 471 - 6:00PM
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- Three words to describe yourself.
- If you were a serial killer, what would be your weapon of choice?
- If you wrote a book about yourself, what would the title be?
- In the popular game of ass grabby-grabby, do you prefer to go first or second?
- Choose two celebrities to be your parents.
Tech Segment: Building A PfSense Firewall - Part 1 - The Hardware
About & Why
For your home or small office, everyone needs a firewall! Well, I supposed you don't NEED one, but it helps. More important than just protecting you from curious people on the Internet, there are a ton of added advantages of having a good firewall platform, such as VPN, outbound filtering and more. Now, you can buy commercial off-the-shelf hardware to do this, however there are some issues:
- If you are listening to this show, you are a nerd who likes to tinker, and this is a great way to do that. Off-the-shelf stuff doesn't always give you stuff to tinker with.
- This is a great learning experience, if you are just getting started building and maintaining your own Linux/BSD firewall will teach you a lot, and its like table stakes (I built my own firewall, check).
- You can get a ton more speed and performance from a custom firewall for less money. This also means you can do things like scanning through your firewall without it catching fire.
I used the http://pcpartpicker.com web site to start identifying hardware in use for the build, a few things to note:
- Low power consumption is key as it will be on all the time
- Solid networking cards should be used, not using what is built into the Motherboard
- Cooling, cooling and more cooling - This thing will be on all the time, make sure you have good airflow
Taking all these things into consideration, here is my build:
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB - $64.99
- ASUS P7H55-M microATX Motherboard - LGA1156 - $60.00
- Intel Core i5-760 Processor 2.8 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156 - $59.95
- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD - $90.99
- Cooler Master N200 - Mini Tower Computer Case with Fully Meshed Front Panel and mATX/Mini-ITX Support - $48.95
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan - $29.95