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Linux firewall/server for Windows machines?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Atlas, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    I need to do something to protect my sometimes/ex/girlfriend's
    Windows PC.

    Can't go into why she needs a Windows machine, and that may change eventually, but I need to set up some protection for her on her home broadband connection, something that I can (eventually) manage and admin remotely.

    I am not really a Linux user myself, but I'm learning.
    My plan is to go (almost) 100% Linux in the near future.

    So for my girlfriend...
    What I'm thinking is a separate Linux box as a network server.

    Can anyone sketch-in some of the basics for me?
  2. aspartz


    Oct 19, 2000
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    I had this setup for years.

    Basic MB, two NIC's, one only has to be as fast as your internet connection. One or two generations old should be just fine.

    Any Linux should work
    Any of the firewall products should work. I'm a geek, I wrote my own rules.
    I also used squid as a proxy server and as a backup firewall to block outgoing traffic to sites know to install Trojans.


  3. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    Great info, thanks!!!
  4. Used a really old pc with two NIC's and (free) pfSense for years a while back. Worked fine. Edit: Ran OpenVPN for a while with it too
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2013
  5. douggmc


    Feb 23, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Been using ClearOS (Community Edition) for probably close to 10 years (it was previously called ClarkConnect) as a "gateway" on my home network.

    Free. Has all the normal firewall abilities, content filtering, transparent(or not) proxy, VPN server, intrusion detection/prevention, etc.
  6. harrygunner


    Sep 4, 2010
    I used an old HP PC. Placed three NIC cards in it. One for my Linux systems, one for the wireless network, and the third connects to the cable or DSL modem.

    Installed this complete Linux OS that acts as a firewall/router: Easily sets up the routing and firewall with a web browser pointed to its website. With care, you could enable remote maintenance.

    It separates networks, so anyone on the wireless network, including my wife's Windows laptop, can't even see my systems.

    You could install it now while you're learning about Linux and replace it with your own creation later.
  7. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    People always want to complicate things. What version of Windows?

    Windows has a utility that would allow you to connect to your GF computer and see what she sees...yo can even take control of it!

    Start with the basics. Strong PW, good anti malware, stay off porn/illegal download sites.

    Remember the KISS thing.
  8. You want to implement a dedicated hardware firewall?

    I'd look at Untangle - it is very highly recommended & free.
  9. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    sbhaven, douggmc, harrygunner, Drjones..

    Thanks all for the info and suggestions.
    Very much appreciated!!

    I want to do what I stated for the reasons I stated.
    I'm 500 miles from her. She works a very busy and unpredictable medical-profession job. I'm super-busy.

    She uses a laptop. It may be powered-up or not at random times.
    I need to be able to log-in when I want and not have the need to coordinate with her for it. Also, I'm planning other services for her for which I need online access.

    Thanks for your input, I do appreciate your suggestion, but it isn't what I'm looking for at this point.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2013