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    • Truffle Snuffler
    • By Truffle Snuffler 8th May 18, 4:21 PM
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    Online Security help
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    • 8th May 18, 4:21 PM
    Online Security help 8th May 18 at 4:21 PM
    Can someone please help me with beefing up my on-line security? I've recently added a few more gadgets & need to make sure everything is as safe as possible.

    I'm not a tech nerd so you may need to talk slowly!

    The home network as it presently stands is 2 x PCs. One running Windows 10 & the other Linux Mint 18. The Linux was installed as a replacement to Win XP when they stopped issuing security patches (not for any technical reason). Both operating systems are kept up-to-date & have the installed firewalls turned on.

    I have also got a Raspberry Pi just to try & improve my tech skills & an Android TV (KODI) box (which I appreciate may be the weakest link).

    The network is wired & using TP-Link homeplugs & CAT 5 cabling. No file or printer sharing between any of the machines.

    My router admin and WiFi passwords have been changed. The WiFi is left on only for using an Android smartphone at home.

    I'm hoping that I've got the PCs secured but I know very little about Android or the Pi when it comes to security. I do home banking etc using only the Linux PC (if that makes any difference)

    I have no desire to share anything between any of the machines so advice on how to keep them as separate as possible would be appreciated.

    Thank you for any advice that can be given.
    Last edited by Truffle Snuffler; 08-05-2018 at 4:22 PM. Reason: spelling
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 8th May 18, 4:36 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 4:36 PM
    Very first thing i would do is to ensure WPA is disabled on your router.
    You have installed Linux, so im assuming you have enough skill to log on to the routers interface ?
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 8th May 18, 6:38 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 6:38 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 6:38 PM
    I have no desire to share anything between any of the machines so advice on how to keep them as separate as possible would be appreciated.
    Originally posted by Truffle Snuffler
    The easiest way would be to use the firewalls to block access to the IP range(s) of your devices (i.e. anything except the router, TP-Link adaptors, any wireless access points, etc.).
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 8th May 18, 7:08 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 7:08 PM
    Very first thing i would do is to ensure WPA is disabled on your router.
    You have installed Linux, so im assuming you have enough skill to log on to the routers interface ?
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Second (1st imho) turn off uPnP everywhere
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 9th May 18, 4:35 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 4:35 AM
    I'm not a tech nerd
    Originally posted by Truffle Snuffler
    "I'd like some help but I'm going to insult people who know about the subject."

    Excellent way to start a post asking for help.
    • Terry98
    • By Terry98 9th May 18, 5:58 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 5:58 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 5:58 AM
    Welcome to the forum Truffle Snuffler.

    "I'd like some help but I'm going to insult people who know about the subject."

    Excellent way to start a post asking for help.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    If I was a nerd I wouldn't be offended but I am not so I'll shut up
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 9th May 18, 8:37 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 8:37 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 8:37 AM
    Very first thing i would do is to ensure WPA is disabled on your router.
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Do you mean WPS?
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 9th May 18, 9:07 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 9:07 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 9:07 AM
    Do you mean WPS?
    Originally posted by wongataa

    Of course I do - apologies
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 9th May 18, 9:27 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 9:27 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 9:27 AM
    "I'd like some help but I'm going to insult people who know about the subject."

    Excellent way to start a post asking for help.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    I actually am a tech nerd and self identify as one.

    I'm not offended.
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    • Truffle Snuffler
    • By Truffle Snuffler 9th May 18, 9:31 AM
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    "I'd like some help but I'm going to insult people who know about the subject."

    Excellent way to start a post asking for help.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Sorry if this offended anyone. I was a bit ham-fisted in referencing my own level of skill & trying to suggest that I may not have the knowledge to be able to carry out complicated technical solutions. Certainly not meant to be a slur on anyone who would be able to assist me.

    And thanks to anyone who has helped.
    • Truffle Snuffler
    • By Truffle Snuffler 9th May 18, 9:41 AM
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    The easiest way would be to use the firewalls to block access to the IP range(s) of your devices (i.e. anything except the router, TP-Link adaptors, any wireless access points, etc.).
    Originally posted by esuhl
    Thanks for this suggestion. I'll have to have a look round to find out how to do this. I'm assuming it's not as simple as the uPnP & WPS suggestions which appear to be just unchecking boxes on the router set-up?
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