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Topics covered in this episode:

Fedora 31 Released
MX 19 Released
Firefox 70 Released
Punycode Phishing Attack
Do You Need A VPN?
Steam Gets Cooler

Software Spotlight:
nmap is an easy to use network scanner that lets you discover hosts and services running on a computer.

One example of where the everyday user can utilize nmap is to use this command:

“`$ sudo nmap -sT -O localhost“`

This will show you the open ports on your computer. You may see things like 631/tcp for printer or 9050/tcp for Tor. However, you may also find some ports open you don’t intend to leave open.

nmap can be found in most repositories

Tips & Tricks:


  1. It was great to hear Bo describe the benefits of using a VPN, what it is and what it is not. My policy is if it’s not my network, I use a VPN. Glad to hear him mention firewalls as well. It seems like people have forgotten about the importance of a firewall. Most distributions don’t enable one by default which I find odd.

  2. What VPN setup do you use? I’m thinking about starting a DO droplet and following this guide, but some of the firewall setup looks complicated. I’m hesitant to setup VPN to my house in case I don’t secure something right. At least if it’s to a droplet I can just start over.

  3. Avatar for ak2020 ak2020 says:

    Thanks again for an excellent show! Both guests were also fantastic. I have to say I’m quite inspired to try MX Linux now; especially impressed with support of XFCE as the official DE. I’ve long found this to be an established, reliable, fast solution. Bo’s reflections were fascinating. They certainly make a case for us to know more about the low-level systems admin side of networking and ethical hacking. I look forward to his website and purchasing his books, especially if they’re on Kindle via affiliate links :slight_smile:

  4. Thank you for another amazing episode. As always, it is fun and informative. This particular episode has been bookmarked by me to review some of the setups Bo was talking about for his personal network.

    Unfortunately my living arrangements has me in an apartment where the sole internet provider available is AT&T, no cable hook-ups. I am saddened to see that there are more complexes going up with this type of exclusive design arrangement.

    With such in mind, I have been using Private Internet Access for some time now for my personal devices and would eventually like to setup a central means of channeling all my families traffic through it or some other option at the edge level with certain devices like the family television services to be go straight through considering most streaming services do not allow access via vpn (ie Netflix).

    I do also have a pi I use as a tor access point (affectionately call VodkaGibson) that I use occasionally and am trying to make a portable design to for travel.

    I do have a pi-hole setup for my DNS in which all DNS on my network (with the exception of VodkaGibson) is redirected through it and the upstream is DNS over HTTPS with Cloudflare. With my recent acquisition of a PI 4, I am looking to revise my setup. I plan on bolstering the block list through the mentioned firebog.net in the episode after this one. I would also like to maybe take it a bit further in doing a bind9 setup similar to the one Bo was describing on his network.

    Any recommend guides or learning resources for that setup? As I am also attempting to learn the buzz of containers, would it be viable to run PiHole in a container with DNS in a container, along with occasional file serving on a PI4 else I can split some to a couple of Pi 3s but really want to put to the test that new separated usb./network design.

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