Hi guys, I read through most of your forum last night and really learned alot. I really appreciate the time put into sharing the info on your forum.
Now that I know just enough about DDNS, port forwarding, etc. to be dangerous, I'm wondering if you all could help me understand and evaluate the risks of actually hosting my own website, ftp server, opening my home network to mstsc and perhaps other services as well.
Perfectly safe so long as you only forward the ports required and have good passwords on all of your computers.
I've hosted sites, ftp servers, mstsc, etc. from my house before. The one that seemed to get the most hack attempts was my ftp server. I simply set the ftp program to ban any IP with more than 3 unsuccessful attempts at logging in and that pretty much eliminated further hack attempts.
Also remember to keep your server and any software up to date. If it's a Linux based server, you're pretty much good to go, but if you host a phpbb forum, you'll need to religiously keep phpbb up to date.