How to host a public facing Minecraft server in 15 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

 

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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How to secure Windows 10

Microsoft introduced a lot of new features in Windows 10 such as Cortana. However, most of them are breaking your privacy. For example if you’re using the default settings, each time you start typing in search box in taskbar , your local search terms and location are sent to Microsoft, some of which advertise to you. To make matters worse, who knows what web results will be returned?

Also, by default (default = if you don’t change this then it will do it) Windows 10 has permission to report a huge amount of data back to Microsoft. By clicking through “Express Settings” during installation, you allow Windows 10 to gather up your contacts, calendar details, text and touch input, location data, and a whole lot more.

By default, Windows sends a lot of your information to their servers sometimes without asking you to opt-in.

However we can turn most of these tracking features off. Follow these guides to fix Windows 10 and restore your privacy.

How to disable Cortana (it’s always on and listening) and the search online features (which will show web results along with local files/folders):

  1. Right click the Windows icon (i.e. the start button)
  2. Select Search
  3. Select Settings (the cog-wheel) on the left
    1. Turn off Cortona
    2. Turf off Search online and include web results

 

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Do you have a list of websites I should be blocking?

By simply plugging a Kibosh in as your primary router hardcore objectionable content on the Internet will be inaccessible from any device, and you don’t need to configure anything to make this happen.

Now that the really bad stuff is blocked, we can focus on the more subjective content like bikinis, drugs, social networks, etc. These you can either block individually by entering the website(s) into your blacklist, or en masse by selecting categories of content to block. All easily done from your Kibosh.

A few sites that are not blocked by default, but you might consider blocking, and why:

  • KIK.com – (chat category) – with more than 120 million registered users, Kik is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Its biggest group of users are young, with around 40% of American teenagers having reportedly tried the service. According to Kik, “porn bots” make up around 1% of the app’s entire message volume each day, suggesting that thousands of them regularly crawl its network.
  • Tumblr.com – (blogs/socialnetworks category) – lots of good content, lots of really bad content, and it’s very difficult to filter out the bad.
  • Reddit.com –  (imagehosting/socialnetworks category) – one of the largest hosts of pornographic material on the web, and it’s very difficult to filter out the bad.
  • imgur.com (image hosting category) – lots of good content, lots of really bad content, and it’s very difficult to filter out the bad.
  • Snapchat – (chat category) – (why)
  • Tinder – (dating / chat category) – (why)
  • Instagram – (chat category) – (why)

A note about messaging apps, or any social connectivity type app – the problem isn’t so much the app itself, generally, but nefarious entities using techniques like ‘porn bots’ to target en masse all of the apps users – which are mostly young and impressionable adults. Porn bots are fake, autonomous programs that more often than not, try to entice users to click on paid-for sites with flirty conversations and the promise of porn.

It’s a dangerous physical world out there, and the Internet isn’t any different. You need protection, you need a Kibosh.

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