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Firewall and Security

IPCop This GPL Open Source Firewall was forked from the Smoothwall project some time ago. In the early days Smoothwall was the superior product but now it is my belief that IPCop has left Smoothwall a long way behind and many of the features available from IPCop are either not available from Smoothwall or have to be purchased as part of the 'corporate' version for which there is a charge. The only drawback to IPCop is that sometimes security patches are a little slow in materialising. Smoothwall possibly is now also suffering in this direction now that Richard Morrell has left the Smoothwall team. All in all IPCop is a brilliant FREE firewall to run on a dedicated box between you and the internet. In the era of broadband firewalls are and absolute must. DO NOT TRY AND LOAD THIS ONTO YOUR WINDOWS MACHINE as it re-formats the disc.
www.securityspace.com O.K so do you know how vulnerable you are to attack from the internet? This site does a 'security audit' of you from the internet side. Some of the services are charged for but there is a FREE option for the 'security audit'. The scanner is based on Nessus and is very enlightening. It is not quick but well worth the time on-line to see how secure you are. I have it on my to-do list to do something similar at jameson.co.uk.
www.nessus.org This is the home of the Nessus scanner works on POSIX systems (Solaris, FreeBSD, GNU/Linux and others), and there are multiple clients, even one for windows. An absolute must for people who have multiple machines on their networks and have a host that can support Nessus.
http://www.cirt.net/code/nikto.shtml So you run a web server either at home or at work. This scanner provides a nice summary of how secure it is. Very worth while.
   
Web Development

http://validator.w3.org/ The W3C HTML Validation Service. This is a free service that checks documents like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C recommendations and other standards. I find it invaluable and pick up no end of mistakes with what appears to be a good page.
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/ablavier/TidyGUI/ This GUI version of tidy is a great tool for cleaning up your HTML code. Having bashed out a page using whatever tools this reminds you of some things you may have missed('alt' description tags for images is a favourite with me) and writes out nice code, which is far easier to work on. Unfortunately the author, Andre Blavier, is no longer able to maintain it.
   
   
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