Let's get started by downloading and installing Firestarter. Follow these steps:
1. Select System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. You'll need to enter your password when prompted. Click the Search button, and enter firestarter as a search term. In the list of results, locate the program, and click the check box. Then choose to install the package, and click Apply on the Synaptic toolbar.
2. Once the desktop is back up and running, select System > Administration > Firestarter. When you run Firestarter for the first time, it will walk you through a wizard.
3. Click the Forward button to continue the wizard beyond the introductory page.
4. The first step asks which network interface Firestarter should configure, as shown in Figure 9-19. If you use an Ethernet card, have a wireless card, or attach a broadband modem directly to your computer, the answer will probably be eth0 or wlanO. However, if you use a modem, the answer is ppp0.
Put a check in the "IP address is assigned via DHCP" box, unless you're using a dial-up modem. If you are using a dial-up modem, select "Start the firewall on dial-out" check box. After making your choices, click the Forward button.
6. You're asked if you want to enable Internet connection sharing. This allows you to turn your computer into an Internet router and can be very useful in certain circumstances. You can activate this later on by running the wizard again. Click Forward to continue.
Note To rerun the wizard, simply click Firewall in Firestarter's main window, and then click Run Wizard.
7. The wizard will finish. Click the Save button to save your settings to disk. In addition, ensure the Start Firewall Now box is checked. After this, the Firestarter main window opens.
Continue reading here: Configuring Firestarter
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