[SATLUG] Re: Questions about home server security: non-standard ports

Alex Bartonek bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 15 16:52:55 CST 2013

isnt everything you're doing just a hurdle anyway?   You're making it more complicated than it should be.  Close ports that you dont need open, keep security patches applied when they come out.   Its more the software thats the problem not necessarily the ports.  My server is sitting out there without an actual hardware firewall, just IPFilter and non standard ports. Never had an issue.  If it does get hacked, I dont care. I keep it on a seperate network and will just blow it away and reinstall.

--- On Fri, 2/15/13, Frank Huddleston <fhuddles at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Frank Huddleston <fhuddles at gmail.com>
Subject: [SATLUG] Re: Questions about home server security: non-standard ports
To: satlug at satlug.org
Date: Friday, February 15, 2013, 1:28 PM


  Thanks for the suggestions about security on a home server. I see that one thing people do is use non-standard ports.
I have done that myself, but get the feeling that it's just security through obfuscation and does nothing more than put a little hurdle in the way of a cracker, and increases complexity. So what do you think: is this worthwhile as a security measure?


Frank Huddleston

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