This week I stood up a new firewall in front of my home network. This one has much better logging than the old one, and I’ve been watching the block reports.

A screenshot of blocked inbound connection attempts, originating from all over the world.

Real talk, friends: DO. NOT. expose a machine to the open Internet unless you’re 100% confident it’s bulletproof.

“I run my service on a custom port!” Doesn’t matter.

“I use IPv6!” Doesn’t matter.

“I’m just a nobody!” Doesn’t matter.

Practice safer networking, every time, all the time.