Firewalls?

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  1. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    I recently switched to cable internet and I feel I need a firewall of some sort, but I know nothing about them, what's good, what's better. Any recommendations or advice?
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    Might try posting in the PC area.
     
  3. Drue Elrick

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    Zone Alarm is a great software firewall:
    Zone Alarm Download

    If you have or are considering multiple computers for use on your cable modem, I suggest a Cable/DSL Router from Linksys:
    Linksys Four Port Router

    That will protect you from stuff coming from the internet. And if you have spyware/adware/trojan problems, supplmenting the router with Zone Alarm is your best bet.
     
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    I have the Linksys router and will give it a hearty recommend.
     
  5. Rob Gillespie

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    A multi-port NAT router is the way to go really as it essentially gives you a hardware firewall. Having NAT (Network Address Translation) means that the IP address you present on the internet is the one for the router, not the actual PC. Anyone trying to hack isn't going to get far. Plus if you decide to add a second machine later you just plug into the router and you've instantly got web connectivity and a local network.

    I run a 4-port DSL modem/router here, from which three PCs share the DSL connection. I also run ZoneAlarm Pro but since installing the router (about ten months now) it hasn't picked up a SINGLE alert coming in from the web. All those port scans and whatnot which try to find ways into the machine aren't getting past the router. So why bother to run ZoneAlarm? Because it also monitors outgoing traffic, so is useful for detecting trojans and keeping an eye on software trying to 'phone home' (like Real Player and other similar crap).
     
  6. David Norman

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    I like the Netgear Router/Switch for hardware and would suggest either the Zone Alarm or Symantec Norton firewall/virus softwarecombination. I actually run the Norton behind the Netgear and rarely have any alarms picked up by the software monitor.
     
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    For software firewall... I would go with the Zone Alarm Pro.

    Its a solid firewall, and as an added benefit, a darn good pop/ad blocker.

    If you want to go hardware...any good router will do the job for you.

    Or you can do both [​IMG]
     
  8. alan halvorson

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    Thanks for the tips. I've downloaded Zone Alarm and will likely be getting a router soon.
     
  9. Angelo.M

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    Good thread.

    Question: I just installed a D-link router. Is there anything I have to configure to enable its firewall capability, or is it already doing it? I'm going to add Zone Alarm as well eventually...
     

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