Excerpt from the book "Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source"

Excerpt from the book Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source by Barrie Dempster and James Eaton-Lee. Published by Packt Publishing and reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. IPCop is a firewall for the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) network, which is extremely easy to use and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). This excerpt
About the Authors:

Barrie Dempster is currently employed as a Senior Security Consultant for NGS Software Ltd a world-renowned security consultancy well known for their focus in enterprise-level application vulnerability research and database security. He has a background in Infrastructure and Information Security in a number of specialised environments such as financial services institutions, telecommunications companies, call centres, and other organisations across multiple continents. Barrie has experience in the integration of network infrastructure and telecommunications systems requiring high calibre secure design, testing and management. He has been involved in a variety of projects from the design and implementation of Internet banking systems to large-scale conferencing and telephony infrastructure, as well as penetration testing and other security assessments of business critical infrastructure.

James Eaton-Lee works as a Consultant specializing in Infrastructure Security who has worked with clients ranging from small businesses with a handful of employees to multinational banks. He has a varied background, including experience working with IT in ISPs, manufacturing firms, and call centers. James has been involved in the integration of a range of systems, from analogue and VOIP telephony to NT and AD domains in mission-critical environments with thousands of hosts, as well as UNIX & LINUX servers in a variety of roles. James is a strong advocate of the use of appropriate technology, and the need to make technology more approachable and flexible for businesses of all sizes, but especially in the SME marketplace in which technology is often forgotten and avoided. James has been a strong believer in the relevancy and merit of Open Source and Free Software for a number


         Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 29, 2006)
         Language English
         Paperback 154 pages [191mm x 235mm]
         Release date October 2006
         ISBN 1904811361
         Reprinted with permission.



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need for firewall

Mirko Filipovic's picture

For my home laptop I use ZoneAlarm free firewall. This is absolutely necessary for everyone. It blocks at least 50 attempts daily.

home user firewall

linux firewall user's picture

Small Office/Home Office maybe buy home user like me do not use a firewall, I think firewall are only for corps. It is not a big deal to implement a firewall on my home computer. I use linux. I just never got DoS attacks on my home computer.

IPCop is cool though

I use an Ipcop firewall at

Anonymous's picture

I use an Ipcop firewall at home. It runs great on an old k6 and protects both wired and wireless networks. In Ipcop-speak, this is a Red-Green-Blue network, where red=external, green=wired, blue=wireless. The firewall rules are very thorough and extensible. It was easy to set up for what it does. It does DHCP, has a caching proxy server, an intrusion detection system, NTP server, etc. It is also very secure. My wife has a firewall on her wireless XP laptop and almost nothing ever hits it. This is a very polished, easy to use firewall distribution and you cannot beat the price.

I would not go online without some sort of hardware firewall. And Ipcop beats limited consumer routers hands down. All you need is an older PC and a couple of network cards. And if you want to connect to a VPN or have a DMZ, Ipcop boxes are way less expensive than commercial solutions.