Computer Security Links

Last Change: 24 July, 2003


If you're reading this, computer security is probably of interest to you, whether or not you know it. While the field of computer security is deep and rapidly changing, there are basic principles that are both easy to learn and broadly applicable. Because computers are widely used to conduct daily business (in the U.S. and elsewhere), these principles deserve to be widely known, and are crucial to the background of all informed citizens of a democratic society.

This page is a work in progress. If you have questions about security, please feel free to send email, and I'll do my best to answer or point out applicable resources. The links below currently overlap considerably with my GNU/Linux page. This will change gradually.

Free (Libre) Software

If you are new to Free software (for example, if you think "Free" refers to price:) you may find these papers helpful in getting oriented:

Freedom of access to information is the essence of the Free software movement.

System Security

If you have installed a RedHat-based distribution, there are steps you should take to secure your machine. This short paper is a guide to disabling services and setting up a firewall.

These are links to external sites: