How to host a Minecraft server in 5 min

Recently my son asked me if he could play Minecraft with his cousins, and if I would setup a server. This guide will show you how to quickly setup, and host a Minecraft server that is accessible from anywhere in the world.

Preface: these instructions apply to all version of the Kibosh router firmware, however these firewall settings are only accessible from the Kibosh Router Management Utility (KRMU), not from MyFilter.kibosh.net.

Any computer that will run Minecraft can host the server.

  1. On the computer that is going to host the Minecraft server, start Minecraft, create a new world, then open to LAN. Once you open to LAN you will have a port number. Write this down.
  2. Log into your Kibosh router at http://192.168.10.1
  3.  Go to Status, Connected Hosts and find / copy the IP address of the computer hosting the Minecraft server.
  4. Go to Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding
  5. Create a rule like this:
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  6. Save Changes.
  7. Now we need to give everyone who wants to join our Minecraft server an address + the port number we wrote down. There are a few ways to skin this cat:
    1. The simplest way is to give them your Kibosh DDNS address and port number:
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      2. Your Kibosh DDNS is as follows: [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com
        1. NOTE: What’s good about using your DDNS is that although the underlying WAN IP will change at some point, the DDNS name never will.
        2. NOTE: Your KRMU is labeled under your router.
    2. Or you could ping your account DDNS – [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com and give them the WAN IP:
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    3. Or you could go to Google and search for ‘what is my wan ip’

That’s it, now anyone in the world with a live Internet connection will be able to join this server. Easy peazy.

Caveats:

  1.  If there is a local firewall make sure you turn it off (Windows is usually turned on so go into Control panel and turn it off).
  2.  Each time you create a new server, and open to LAN the port will change. You’ll need to change it in the KRMU > Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding rule we created above. It’s super easy to do:
    1. Original port:
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    2. New port
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    3. Don’t forget to Save Changes.

Enjoy!

Scott Thompson

 

Never 10

Hi Everyone,

Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows, and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10. There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that Windows 10 has become controversial due to Microsoft’s evolution of their Windows operating system platform into a service which, among other things, aggressively monitors and reports on its users activities.

Never 10 is an easy to use utility which gives you control over whether your Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. Never 10 will permanently remove the annoying upgrade reminders!

Get Never 10 here.

Never 10 does not install, it simply runs when you execute it, does it’s job, then goes away.
Enjoy.

Scott Thompson

Phishing E-mail Example

Hi Everyone,

This is an excellent example of a phishing e-mail (see below). An e-mail drafted to look and sound legitimate with attachments that contain malware, or hyperlinks that open to infected web pages. This particular phishing attempt had an attachment (which has been removed).

We can’t stress enough to never, ever open any attachment or follow any link from an email – no matter how legitimate it looks. Yes it’s inconvenient, but that is the digital world we live in today.

Malware today will encrypt your data and hold it ransom, along with the rest of the network’s data:

•    Hospital declares ‘internal state of emergency’ after ransomeware infection.
•    LA Hospital pays nearly $17,000 to restore data.

Many of us use multiple layers of protection:

  1. local antivirus
  2. SPAM firewall (all free e-mail services use these),
  3. DNS filtering i.e., Kibosh Filtering Service

But these tools, or any other, can only block what they know about. There are plenty of exploits unknown by any security vendor.

So when in doubt – throw it out!

Kibosh

—-PHISHING EXAMPLE—–
—–Original Message—–
From: Tia Fleming [mailto:FlemingTia78752@ecolboxmoveis.com.br]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:22 AM
To: Doe, John <john.doe@somedomain.com>
Subject: Requested receipt ID:8E767D

Dear doe, John

Please find attached your receipt, sent as requested.

We are making improvements to our billing systems to help serve you better and because of that the attached invoice will look different from your previous ones.

Kind regards,
Tia Fleming
Divisional Managing Director

How to stay secure online.

Following these general guidelines will keep you free from web based malware/ viruses and rootkits thus protecting your personal information, and saving you hours of headache and $ repairing / replacing an infected PC.

  1. Use Google which offers a certain level of protection from:
    1. Malware protection
    2. Phishing protection
    3. SafeSearch
      1. Enforced by Kibosh Filtering Service
  2. Use FireFox or Chrome
  3. Never download a file you didn’t actively seek out
  4. Never click on a link from an email
    1. Always manually (type address in URL bar, or from your own bookmark).
      1. For you to get infected you must take action. This is what phishing emails are all about, tricking you into clicking a link. Once you click an infected link it’s over. Antivirus will not save you.
  5. Keep your O/S updated, along with Java,and if you have it installed Flash
    1. These apps will tell you when they need to be updated -don’t ignore the warning.
    2. NOTE: third party apps are the number on attack vector on Windows.
  6. On Windows PCs use WinPatrol
    1. If you are going to pay for another tool to protect your PC, outside of the Kibosh Filtering Service, then make it WinPatrol.
  7. Use a Kibosh product to protect your Internet

Malware today is delivered from infected websites which is why protecting your network with the Kibosh Filtering Service is important. Some malware will encrypt your entire hard drive, holding your data hostage until you pay to unlock it. It’s called ‘ransomware’ and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will because it works (for the bad guys), and it’s profitable (for the bad guys). This article will tell you what ransomware is, and what it can do.

How does one get infected with malware? By clicking on a link from an email that is made to look legitimate, i.e. a ‘phishing’ email, or browsing to an infected website and or clicking on a pop-up from an infected website. All the a for mentioned are trying to trick you into clicking and once you click the link it’s over. Will antivirus help? Only if it knows about the malware, and there are many, many exploits not yet known by the antivirus vendors. More info: antivirus is dead: long live antivirus!

Any Kibosh product will protect every device on your network by:

  1. Blocking phishing sites
  2. Blocking malware sites
  3. Blocking pornography sites
  4. Enforcing SafeSearch
    1. Video search protection
    2. Image search protection

Every high-speed internet should have Kibosh protection.

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Beware mobile games with ads.

A growing trend with mobile game producers, in an effort to generate revenue, is in-game-ads, and in-game-purchasing.

In regards to in-game-purchasing, the game is free to install and play, and one can purchase gold coins, or jewels i.e., some form of game currency which you then use to purchase upgrades, new levels, new characters etc. Typically one can also play to unlock these features, but paying is much faster.

From a family safe perspective in-game-purchasing is an acceptable form of generating revenue.  A few popular examples:

  • Pixel Gun
  • Clash of Clans

In regards to in-game-ads, the game is free to install and play, but one must watch randomly placed ads to continue playing the game, and/or unlock new features.  Sometimes these are full page ads that open in a browser, and in many cases play a video.  Most in-game-ads give you the option to skip or close the ad, but not before you’ve basically seen the gist of the ad, and closing it isn’t always easy, especially for kids.

So what’s wrong with in-game-ads? As recently noted in the Independent.co.uk:

Examples of games with pop-up ads one must watch to play:

  • My Talking Tom Tom
    • On their appstore page, they state the are PRIVO certified to protect your childs privacy and personal information. Apparently this doesn’t include protection against adult content.
  • Star Wars Rebel Alliance

Are some games with in-game-ads better than others? Not really because the developer(s) creating the game use third party companies to generate the ads, and there are only a few companies that create the ads, like AdMob.

App developers are looking to get paid for their work, and their options for generating revenue are:

  1. Sell the game outright with no ads
  2. Give the game away for free, but generate revenue by selling in-game-currency / items
  3. Give the game away for free, and place ads through out the game
    1. The ads are outsourced to third party companies like AdMob

So all in-game-ads are actually controlled by a few companies, much like the Mainstream Media we deal with today. I.E., if one game is showing objectionable content ads, then they are all suspect.

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