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DSL, point to point possible? Secure?

By ralphg_hoo ·
I have a company proposing to host my business website, which will require a link to my local database. They claim that an inexpensive DSL line is all that is needed, and will be secure. Is this correct? I am worried that I should have a firewall between my database and the external (dsl) connection.

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by mphoffar In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

That's not a bad idea to do with any type of dedicated connection. I use BlackIce myself, but there's a quite a few out there that'll do the job. Pretty simple to setup. However, you will have to get IPs from them so you can configure then accessto your end.

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by ralphg_hoo In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...
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by McKayTech In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

There are actually two separate issues involved with an "always on" connection, whether it's leased-line, DSL or cable modem.

The first is whether hackers can attack your system. This is what a firewall is designed to prevent. If your DSL is truly "point-to-point" and does not, at any point, traverse the Internet, there is little justification for a firewall (if you trust the ISP) because hacking your system would require physical access to the line and that's usually a sufficient barrier. If you're not sure, there are hardware router devices with firewall capability for less than $200 or software products for even less than that so it's cheap protection regardless of the perceived level of risk.

The second issue is whether your data itself is sensitive and could be diverted somewhere along the way (e.g. a wiretap). Addressing this concern requires encryption or a VPN tunnel or both. Either can be accomplished with a relatively low-end DSL router or by using the PPTP built in to WindowsNT.

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by ralphg_hoo In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...
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by jamiec In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

If you are getting a dedicated DSL line that connects directly to your ISP, and does not connect to the internet first, then to your ISP, then you don't have a problem. If your DSL is connecting you to the internet first, then to your ISP, then you would definately want a firewall that trusts only your ISP's IP address. I would definately double check with the ISP!

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by ralphg_hoo In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

What I'm trying to find out is: CAN a DSL connection truly be Point to point??? If yes, I don't have a problem. If not, I need a firewall.

RG
ralphg@ralphg.com

RG

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by tysonmathews In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

In the router conguration at the cmos promt for your dsl connection, and write this down if your if your IP isn't going to be static but dynamic by meaning wth a dynamic IP you will have to do t his command each time you lose your lease on the IP like once a month or buy static.
This you will understand once you get into the configuration of the router.
CMOS>set nat entry add <internal ip> <internal port> <external ip> external port> tcp and then be sure to do a write <return> reboot <return>
your web host will be able to help you in getting the numbers you need if your unsure.

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by ralphg_hoo In reply to DSL, point to point possi ...

What I'm trying to find out is: CAN a DSL connection truly be point to point??? If yes, I don't have a problem. If not, I need a firewall.

RG
ralphg@ralphg.com

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