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Old 02-12-2006, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the pros and cons of using a firewall? I do not have windows firewall turned on right now. Do you recommend I keep it on at all times?
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Windows firewall? Not too much protection there.

Try downloading ZoneAlarm:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/ZoneAlarm_Free_d388.html

It's free, and good.

Oh, and you should always have your firewall and anti-virus up and running.
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What are the pros and cons of using a firewall? I do not have windows firewall turned on right now. Do you recommend I keep it on at all times?
I personally recomend using hardware firewalls if you are just worried about keeping stuff out. Hardware firewalls must be configured to keep stuff in.

However cheaper routers / firewalls are nearly impossisble to configure with their default OS's on them.
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Well, I currently do not have a firewall right now, and dont think a router will work with x64. I am using Bellsouth FastAccess. Do you think that has its own firewall? If not, what is a decent FREE firewall that I can d/l? I am considering AVG 7.1 that is compat with x64, but 2-year licenses?? That's a pain to pay. What would you guys suggest I get for a firewall? BTW, ZoneAlarm does not work with x64. Thanks!!
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I second DJ-Chris's recommendation. If you have an older PC not being used (like a Pentium or PII), you can download andd install any number of firewall applications and have your own, customizable firewall appliance.

Firewalls prevent bad guys (hackers, scripts-kiddies, certain worms, etc) from infiltrating your computer and using it for stuff like sending out spam or as a zombie for Denial of Service attacks against other computers.
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I second DJ-Chris's recommendation. If you have an older PC not being used (like a Pentium or PII), you can download andd install any number of firewall applications and have your own, customizable firewall appliance.

Firewalls prevent bad guys (hackers, scripts-kiddies, certain worms, etc) from infiltrating your computer and using it for stuff like sending out spam or as a zombie for Denial of Service attacks against other computers.
This works well instead of a true router, but these machinnes use more power.

+My router / firewall has more balls than any p1 system as well.
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true but its is always a good option if all else fails. kind of pointless but i used to route my PII through my PI. Are you sure there isn't a 64 bit port of zonealarm, zonealarm is good firewall and general protection program. my personal favourite is actually the nvidia firewall (works with active armour) but its to **** glitchy
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IMO the better firewalls are hardware firewalls. a router with SPI and NAT will give you pretty good protection from hackers.
but then you just have to avoid getting trojans.
I use Antivir Personal Edition for antivirus, and it is really effective. IMO the best of the free antivirus programs.
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ZoneLabs has just released a beta of their upcoming 64-bit firewall.

The details and download are found here:
http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/free/beta/index.html
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