LAD: LateralAccessDevice

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Getting Started with LAD

Once you have LateralAccessDevice installed on your hardware and set up on your network, you may wonder "what now?"

The simplest way to get started is to take a look at LAD's report on your Internet connections. This report generates automatically and gives you a breakdown of the Internet connections that have been established between your computer(s) and locations on the public Internet. You could visualize this report as the equivalent of a telephone bill for your Internet: it lets you see what your computer(s) are up to, and when and to where they have communicated.

Do you need to check reports every day? Well, that is up to you, depending on your needs and circumstances. Many may find it most efficient (and still effective) to click around the reports every so often to see if anything odd or out of place catches their eye. One strategy for handling suspicious connections or domain names is to simply block them and see if anything stops working like it should. If it does, it's simple to unblock. If you don't notice any difference, leave it blocked and go on with your day. You could take this a little further and look up what URL an IP address matched up to at the time, or what geographic location or network it corresponds to. See a lot of connections to an unknown IP address overseas? Prudence would say block it off.

Another strategy is to glance through the reports on DNS activity, which provides the domain names that your computers and other devices attempted to access. Don't like your kids' computer connecting to Facebook when they should be doing homework? You can block it with a click.

You may ask why this process isn't automated. The answer is simple. You are the one who best knows how you use your Internet connection, whether you only use it in the evenings or check email round the clock or have gaming marathons on the weekends. No automated system could know what is normal and what is out of place as well as you do.