Blocking https sites with IPFire

Got a request from “dedu mihail” & “Amandeep Singh” on how to block https sites. In this quick walk-through we show how to use the proxy with manual settings which is needed to block https urls / sites. It does not work via transparent mode. (We could not find a simple way to make it work via transparent mode).

1. Configure the end user machine to use the proxy.

2. Configure the proxy on IPFire to use the url filter capability.

3. Configure the url filter to block the https url 4. Configure the url filter to allow restriction bypass for listed IP’s.

Your free & private VPN solution! Use it while on the go! (A how to guide)

Ever been away from home or office and wanted to use a VPN securing your network connection. (You should always use a VPN when on un-trusted networks!) You also never sure what the “Free” VPN providers are doing with your logs. Why not setup your own VPN, that you have full control off. In this how to guide we will go through the installation of IPFire with OpenVPN and the relevant configurations. This will enable you to make use of your own private VPN when away from home or the office.

IPFire on a Raspberry Pi !

In this walk-through we will take you through the steps to Install IPFire on a Raspberry Pi.

Steps:

pdfIPFire on a Raspberry Pi or follow below.

Url’s used:

IPFire

https://www.ipfire.org/

https://www.ipfire.org/download/ipfire-2.23-core138

Etcher

https://www.balena.io/etcher


Components:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • 32 GB SD Card
  • USB-to-LAN adapter
  • USB Keyboard
  • Monitor with HDMI
  • Win / Mac / Linux computer to download and flash the SD Card

Steps:

  1. Download the arm image from https://www.ipfire.org/
  2. Extract the image from the file you have downloaded.
  3. Flash your SD Card with the IPFire image you extracted using Etcher. (Or your preferred tool)
  4. If you plan on using the HDMI output and USB Keyboard. You need to edit the uENV.txt file on the flashed SD Card and change it as shown below:

SERIAL-CONSOLE=ON

To

SERIAL-CONSOLE=OFF

  1. Remove the SD Card from your computer and insert it into the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Connect all the components to the Raspberry Pi and power it on
  3. Follow the usual IPFire installation / configuration steps.
  4. Configure the IPFire you installed as you need.

IPFire – The Initial Build (Firewall | Router| Proxy | Gateway)…

IPFire is a hardened open source Linux distribution that primarily performs as a router and a firewall. It’s a standalone firewall system with a web-based management console for configuration.

In short a Good Open-source firewall /proxy that can be used at home. Easy 2 install & Easy 2 use?

There are many open-source distros available today that could serve as a proxy or firewall. We are not saying IPFire is the only firewall/proxy distro. However, if you looking for an easy install system with many add-ons for home or small office use look no further. In this walk though will show you how to install the IPFire Open Source Firewall. Use it as your personal firewall gateway and proxy server.

For more information on IPFire visit https://www.ipfire.org

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