You may have heard of the Tor network which if affectionately known as the onion router. Tor is a anonymity software which is free and open source. The trouble with Tor is that it can be dreadfully slow for every day use. Moxie Marlinspike has come up with a solution called Tor tunnel. Tor tunnel basically uses just the Tor exit node rather than all the hops in between. Of course this is not as good a solution for anonymity however in situations where you only need to be mildly anonymous it can be effective.
Although I am assuming you know what Screen is and how to use it I will quickly cover the basics just in case. Screen is a wonderful program that creates a “session” in which several “windows” exist. In each window is a shell prompt, from which commands can be executed and programs can be run. The man page for screen can be seen here
This may seem simple to some people but to others it is not so easy. If you installed Snort yourself you will already know where the rules file is however, these days many Linux distros come with snort pre installed with mysql configured so there is nothing to do but start Snorts IDS.
If you are using Google Analytics for web analytics it can be beneficial to exclude certain addresses to provide a more accurate view of traffic to the site. There are numerous reasons that excluding IP’s from the analytics statistics such as if it is a personal site that doesn’t do a lot of traffic and you are working on all the time from home the analytics results might not provide a real world view of what other visitors view the most. Another example might be if it’s a corporate web site that numerous developers, QA personal, and others employees are visiting from the same address space it could skew the analytics results because of such a high concentration of traffic from one IP address or subnet. One of the great reasons for reviewing the web analytics data provided by Google Analytics is to see what pages customers view or what region your customers are from. This type of data can help prioritize the areas of the site that should be worked on the most or what content provides the best return on investment and if the data includes your own traffic it might not provide accurate data for you to review.
If you have one of the larger builds of dd-wrt then you probably have PPTP support built into the firmware. This will allow you to move VPN connections to the router instead of having to connect from each desktop which will securely make the remote network seem like part of the local network.