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Old 04-04-2005, 10:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ahhh...the security of 2 hardware firewalls and multiple software firewall apps...

...Because lord knows there are so many people directly hacking your machine. You're such a desierable target, after-all. All that money to be made and secret information to gather from you.



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Old 04-04-2005, 10:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Shoobie you'd be suprised, crackers want trojans on your computer to turn it into a bot for their illegal purposes (DDOS, Spam, etc)

However, if you're a reasonable intelligent person a single hardware firewall should be all you ever need.

If you don't use IE (use Firefox or Opera) you've already elminated like 80% of the threat.

The rest is merely keeping your virus and spyware scanner up to date.

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Old 04-04-2005, 11:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I got one hardware one. I got annoyed with software ones ages ago, they seem to be out to get me when there is a enemy in front of me.

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Old 04-04-2005, 11:41 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Well, most "things" trying to make your machine a zombie server...are robots...

Bots bounce pretty well off of anything. Not to mention that if yer box does become a zombie, it's pretty easy to tell.

Sometimes, I think all the security mainstream people take to protect themselves, is mostly overkill. If yer a server, fine. If yer a work machine, fine. If you're just a home-use gaming/web-surfing box, relax a little. Update your AV once a week, put a firewall up (any will do), and yer fine.

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Old 04-04-2005, 01:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Very true, but I have a cisco router and almost nothing good on my PC

I am barely worried with antivirus since I installed XP every 2 weeks lately. Gotta quit that habbit.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:53 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:23 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Now that is response!!!!Thanks to all for the info.Personally,I would like to use a hardware firewall for the security of the thing,but time does not permit and money does not allow right now.I've always used Zonealarm and haven't had too much trouble.I'm always looking for that "logical next step".Thanks again folks.
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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From my experience, I'd say that a hardware firewall is good for external traffic (from outside coming in), and software firewalls are good for internal traffic (trojans etc.). Most h/w firewalls, unless you check very carefully, don't really check for internal traffic (stuff going out). You get a trojan and you are dead. The "free" zonealarm is also not great for sohpisticated trojans that can piggy back on programs on its "approved" list. I believe, zonealarm pro can handle this. There is also a program called Trojan Hunter that comes highly recommended - even though I am not using it.

It's good to have one of each. I'd go with the "free" zonealarm and a good h/w firewall that can do traffic monitoring. But if you are a paranoid person, a h/w firewall is MUST!..
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Old 04-05-2005, 02:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I use a hardwall/software combination.
My software component is Sygate, which is much more configurable than Zonealarm. My hardware is in my router, which still allows for port forwarding for certain programs.

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