network from prying & spying eyes and the dangers of unwanted
The increasing use and uptake of the internet,
email and ecommerce brings with it considerable benefits for
companies both large and small. Unfortunately,
it also brings with it increasing threats of abuse, hacking
and unwelcome attempts to compromise and infiltrate your company's
Also, the increasing use of broadband
with 24/7 connections further increases the possibility of
unwelcome attention being directed at your network for a number
purposes, mostly all illegal, and in turn can compromise not
only your physical network but also your company's data, profitability
and possible long term survival.
is ipFireGuard firewall?
a Linux firewall/gateway distribution geared towards home,
small and medium enterprise/company (SME) users. The ipFireGuard
interface is user-friendly and task-based. ipFireGuard
offers the critical functionality of an expensive network
appliance using low-cost hardware and OpenSource Software.
built around the IPCop* Software providing best value, high
functionality network security at the packet level.
basically sits "in between" your Internet connection
(dial-up modem, isdn, cable-modem, xDSL, etc) and monitors
& routes internal and external requests using a set of
rules for the TCP/IP traffic that underlies all Internet activities.
The default rules, ideal for most users, are essentially simple
in nature. Where necessary these rules can be tailored to
suit almost every situation (topology
They allow you to "surf"
to the outside world and visit web-sites, FTP, email and so
forth. And as you go about your tasks on the Internet, ipFireGuard
allows return traffic from those tasks, that you requested,
to pass through.
IDS acts like a burglar alarm or night watchman on your network
monitoring the comings & goings of traffic. If some random
TCP/IP traffic comes in, requesting information from your
computer, and that traffic is not in response to your requests
or authorised, ipFireGuard
refuses access and logs all unauthorised entry attempts.
You are able to go about your normal
business, but when the bad guys try to come after you, because
they are not responding to a requests by you, they are stopped
cold. Think of ipFireGuard
Firewall as your friendly traffic cop down on the corner,
making sure that things travel smoothly, and enforcing good
rules on your Internet traffic.