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I wanna know what it takes for one to setup his/her isp(internet service provider)and mainly about the firewall,what is it mean.and how to prevent hackers from crashing your system.Also how can i log on my machine at home while i`m at work.your response will be more than welcome.
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by:michel_rietveld
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I need a little more info to inform you on your question like what os are you planning to use.

A web server can be easily installed even a fire wall.
A fire wall is a programm dat monitors all ports for communication.
To allow communication through a port a set of rules is put together.
These rules tell your firewall what to block and what to let go through.
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You can setup the whole thing on a pc running linux or win98.

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under linux (install Redhat 6.1 or alike), harden the OS (ie remove unwanted services etc as per the FAQ), configure apache (webserver), ftp and telnet (paying attention to tcp wrappers: security).

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under win98 (loaded with latest security patches) load a freeware webserver such as SAMBAR (available from tucows), this contains web,ftp, mail etc. load ZoneALARM (PC Firewall) and configure it to allow only the required access.

I have done both very recently and prefer option 1 because of my unix background, but option 2 was also very easy to do.

The last step in the process is to get your ISP to give you a dedicated dialup and IP address, and bang! you are live on the internet.
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