Block Malicious IPs in pfSense

Blocking unnecessary traffic on your network is a great way to improve performance, security and privacy. Reducing the amount of traffic leaves more bandwidth available for the traffic you actually want and blocking malicious sites reduces the risk that you will download something potentially dangerous onto your computer. It also means that if you do … Read more

Manage Users and Permissions Across Multiple Linux Hosts

As the number of Linux systems you want to manage increases, you will begin to see a need for more integrated host and user management. This allows for single sign on so you don’t need to maintain credentials for every system and simplifies creating service users to perform tasks across the whole domain such as … Read more

Updating Nextcloud to 17.0.2

Last week Nextcloud released version 17.0.2. While the X.0.2 release doesn’t have as many flashy new features as the first couple of releases in a major version it typically marks the point at which the Nextcloud team consider the release stable for production. For that reason it is sensible to hold off on feature updates … Read more

Upgrade your network with a pfSense firewall

Typical ISP-provided home router/firewall products offer only the most basic of functionality. Most will include port forwarding, basic DHCP and some ability to customise firewall rules. However, if you’re looking to play with more advanced features such as static routes, advanced DHCP options, vlans, VPNs or advanced network filtering and monitoring these products come up … Read more

A simple Nextcloud deployment for your home or small business

Cloud storage apps such as Dropbox or OneDrive pose a significant advantage over traditional file servers, they can synchronise local and remote copies of files, allowing for fast loading times and the ability to access your data from anywhere and the ability to share files with other people who don’t have access to your network. … Read more

Customising Pi-hole block lists: adding local and third-party rules

While ad-blocking generally results in a faster, more secure and less cluttered browsing experience it is not without its drawbacks. Increasingly pages are refusing to work with ad-blockers and links will redirect to an advertising or tracking domain before redirecting you to the page you requested. In these cases, rather than enhancing your browsing experience, … Read more

Kodi media server on Ubuntu 18.04

Kodi has long been a favourite among media centre enthusiasts, its full screen interface gives a set-top-box like feel to your media PC and its remote control apps for iOS and Android make for a much better TV-watching experience than having to constantly reach for a keyboard and mouse. With version 18 Kodi also includes … Read more