One of the simplest ways to tunnel your traffic securely...

So the folks over at LinuxJournal.com wrote up a great tutorial for tunneling through SSH.  What's so great about that?  Well it's an easy way to do simple stuff securely on your home or office network.  You only need to open up port 22 for SSH and point it to an SSH Server.  Then you can point to a local port and use SSH to get it to your destination server securely.

Wait...Can't someone just login to my machine that way?  If you take percausions like using only SSH Keys and not passwords and use a gawk script like this one over at everythingbash.com.  This script will create and send you a cool list of everyone who has and has tried logging in. 

WARNING!!!! I have had several customers and friends notice that their SSH Servers just get pounded with people trying to connect using default or bogus accounts.  So be sure to disable, remove or set the shell to /bin/false any account you aren't using.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.

Ever want to know how to do cool Command line tricks?

I ran across this site tonight, www.bashscripts.info, while playing with G+.  It's a site with a lot of videos of how to do all kinds of useful stuff in Bash.  You can never beat seeing what it's gonna look like.  They have scripts going back several years.  They all looked pretty cool and most are less than 5 minutes. Check it out.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.