I recently built a NAS box to backup personal documents and media streaming, based on headless Ubuntu install and the excellent HP NL54 ProLiant Micro Server. There are tons of helpful material out there on setting up the server and support/discussion threads like this and this, so there isn’t much to add to the set-up process.
Strangely enough, most setup articles I came across ignored steps needed to secure the box, perhaps because unlike me, most people access their NAS boxes locally? Whatever the reasons, it doesn’t take much to secure your box from unwelcome guests and the minimum that you should do is:
- Disable root access to the box
- Add a new new user (and only user ideally) representing you only with administrative privileges and
- Secure remote login to your box over SSH
Personally for me, that’s good enough. Optionally, you can enable a firewall and take actions to prevent brute force access attempts on your box, the former maybe even less so important since it’s likely that your NAS box is already behind a home router that’s running a firewall with it’s own DDoS protection.
For the basic steps and advanced options, have a look at this excellent write-up. The comments thread is also worth reading too.
From the New York Times, a pictorial summary of the first decade of the 21st century. It was meant to be a new era; a new millennium and a fresh beginning; but how it turned out to be a series of blunders and disasters. What will the next 10 years hold for us?
As one fellow redditor point’s out, “A tsunami that killed a quarter million people is next to guitar simulating video game. That sort of sums up the decade… catastrophic events and consumerism-fuelled apathy.”
Phillip Niemeyer | Picturing the Past 10 Years
Or rather my name is 😉
If you’d like to do the same, just visit NASA’s Send Your Name to Mars page. Hurry, though, offer valid only for a limited time.
Nokia today announced the release of Carbide.c++ 2.0, which is a pretty big milestone in the product’s history. The best thing, besides many bug fixes and enhancements is that all available editions, including OEM and Professional are free! This is certainly an excellent move and just what the doctor ordered.
Download Carbide.c++ 2.0.
Yes! I know, there’s plenty of top Firefox Add-ons lists floating all over the web. Too bad none of those have my official endorsement :-D. Anyway, I’ll list some of my favorite ones here, just in case any one finds it interesting. I think they are all must haves 🙂 Continue reading