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Tim Casey

Curious Consumer Security Product

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Google showed me an ad for a product called Firewalla while researching pfsense. This company has an interesting take on home security.

Firstly, you plug it into your router instead of replacing your router. It's a very small cube. I was curious how it works: it uses ARP spoofing and man in the middles all your devices to route the traffic through to it. Not all routers are supported.

https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004292514-Tutorial-How-does-Firewalla-Intercept-Traffic-

Supposedly they open source it all, so you devs and look under the hood. I wouldn't put this on my network, but the hardware is slick and you could probably repurpose it to make a custom honeypot.

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A couple of the (security) guys here have them and think they're great as an extra level of kid-proofing.

Personally I'd have preferred it to be a proper "gateway" firewall, rather than something doing hacky arp spoofing, but each to their own.

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