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Security for Soccer Moms

I want to create a new presentation called Security for Soccer Moms. I was talkingto someone at work who went to a PTA event and there was a “CISSP” therewho knew a lot about security and children (uhh…) So I wanted to jot thisidea down, so someone can steal it or I can just have some free hits for keywordsof people looking for porn.

Mind you this blog is nerdy so this is the technical idea’s for a class thatI would like to teach with more of a “soccer mom approach” so if you thinkthis is interesting contact me or my company. If you dont get what I publish heregive it to a nerd to debug for you It will give them ideas on how to deal with yourcase.

There are a LOT of resources on this topic and I will choose to look at the free ones.Sure there are the net-nanny products that stop you from looking at porn on the internetbut they are all easy tostop when your kid gets smart, and lets face it who likes to pay for somethingthat takes up memory on likely your home vista computer to make it run even worse.

So I present My list, I will add to it over time. I make this list in dedication toall the crazy people who have kids from high school allready… yikes.

The # 1 rule I have, untill you trust your kid -never allow a computer in a privatearea. (that has internet) I wouldnt reccomend it anyway keep your kids in view untillthey are old and you trust them. or kick them out.

    • This is the most effective tool to keep your children safe from scarry assholes
      • Talk to your children about NOT using real facts of life, avoid puttingwhat your dad really works for,
        • dont take a picture of your house address or link to it on google maps.
        • Dont publish your birth year, use a fake year.
        • Dont publish your own work history or keep it vague or mess up addresses for locations(I work at boeing in spokane)
        • Dont publish your last name, or put a inital only (harder to stop kids dooin this)
        • If you have rules about phones, publish only cell numbers that cant be traced by normals andwatch your kids bills for strange 212 numbers.
        • Dont publish details on your school where possible
        • set up a email for your kids to use “on social networks” only (and monitorit)
        • Dont give dates when you will leave for vacation talk about it when you get home!(or I will just come steal your crap)
      • I think you get the idea – just mess things up a little change on your end causesa bad guy to keep moving to someone easy. In the end it all comes down to your parentskills, a parent that says “I dont want to look at my kids site to see whatthey are up to” haha then why are you reading this?? There is no privacy ofa 7 year old on the internet, I dont care about your hippy views. Talk to your childrenwhy you monitor the activity and when they get older put a level of trust in themand dont monitor. If they screw up then kick some ass.
      • Want to scare yourself? Google your Children’s Names see whatdata is out there on your home, family, child…
      • Also remember LOOK at your kids social pages look at history etc to see if they usemyspace etc (this also applies to you and linkedin)
  • Prevent MalWare
    • This is just a crappy fact of life now, its very hard to stop this with out tehncicalcontrols.
      • Use a “safe browser” in a virtual machine, it works great and there arepleanty of bootable browsers (just download ubuntu)and have the kid boot up ubuntu live and use the internet. then whatever they messup you just reboot to fix. But they still can use flash etc etc etc.
      • Use a host file redirector,most kids wouldnt figure this out untill they get real smart and if they are thatsmart they are beyond you trying to control them with just software. Blocks Ads-Mal-X or Porn
      • Use free services like openDNs whichare a bit more easy to deploy
        • set your firewall to use that DNS then dont allow 53 out of your network (53=DNS)and then people CANT use internet with out some more serious hacking. meaning. Block53 outbound from the workstations on your network. but allow your special DNS server(in most cases your firewall relay) as the only IP alolowed to do DNS lookup. thatway the kids (workstations) cant even use the internet with out going thru your proxydevice (dsl router with DNS protection on words or sites etc, pfsence is a good example)
      • most all opesource firewalls include some abilityto do the same things for blocking sites, some will even replicate what netgear etcwill do and put a “block list” of words into your layer7 traffic. So ifyou go to a site that contains the word “boobs” it will disallow the request.(see your hardware for how to do that, as this is about free things) Just learn toleverage what you likely allready have
      • these methods can all be used to block social network sites if wanted
    • Tip: remember to remove the hosts file from the recent open files list, and use notepadto edit it so that you dont leave tracks of what you did.
  • Time restrictions of internet use
    • Kids hate homework they like myspace
      • Most all opensource firewall will allow a time browsing option, the pfsence firewallwill allow you to require a login like at starbucks and only allow you for a ammountof time in a time block. or you could charge your kids
      • a lot of consumer routers (things you buy at bestbuy) also have this feature use whatyou got!
  • Proxy, Ideally Proxy is awesome for a lot of reasons but its out of scope for theaverage home. But if your a nerd or nerd home check out a SquidWeb Proxy and you can lock it down as the only outbound host. then you can browsefor porn but your kids cant etc.

So Remember– The security of your children is also your security.The tips here are also tips for you. The more you talk about it and let them use thetools and sites they want the less they will fight you and hide things. A opensourcerelationship is one where everyone learns.

And no I have no children, this is all assumptions.

This document is a work in progress right now, give feedback if you think of othermajor issues that you have with kids or know of with kids using the internet. I willmake a new section and blather on about it.

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