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Snort 2.9.11.1

Does what a music player should, plays music and keeps out of the way

by Neil Bothwick

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 07 February 2018
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Downloads To Date: 9286
Developer: Sourcefire
RSS News Feed: http://www.snort.org/news.xml
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Snort 2.9.11.1
Snort is an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system.

Snort is an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system. This is the software that sits behind your firewall and looks for traffic or activity that may indicate that the firewall has failed to keep out intruders, a second line of defence. It may be looking for traffic that is generated after a breach of your firewall, or for activity by malware or other "phone home" software.

While it can be used as a sniffer, watching network packets and streaming the data to your screen, or as a logger which does the same but writes the information to disk, it comes into its own when run in Network Intrusion Detection system (NIDS) mode. In this mode it watches the network traffic but instead of simply displaying or recording it, Snort compares the traffic against a set of rules and then takes whatever action those rules specify when it finds a match. These rules can combine the benefits of signature, protocol and anomaly-based inspection.

This means that the most important part of a Snort NIDS setup is the set of rules, and there are various rulesets available for download from snort.org to cover typical usage scenarios. If the standard rules don't fit your needs, there is plenty of documentation on how to tweak them to suit your needs, or write your own. Snort's PDF manual is almost 200 pages long, but there is also a wealth of user contributed documentation in the form of setup guides for specific scenarios.

Setting up a default NIDS for something standard like a home network is a fairly simple task. Custom setups require some more work but do give that warm feeling that goes with knowing that you now have an extra line of defence against the Internet Bad Guys.

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If you are serious about your network's security, you should seriously consider Snort

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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