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Posted: 10/14/2004 1:42:40 PM EST
Looking for sugestions on a freeware\shareware firewall to use on my W2k Box, let me know. thanks!!
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 1:46:06 PM EST
Best firewall is a hardware router. I've been on broadband for 3+ years now. It gets scanned and hit ALL THE TIME and in those 3 years the ONLY time I've been penetrated was my own damn fault (an improperly configured IIS server). Fixed that and never once have been touched.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 1:48:56 PM EST
+1 except it only been 1 1/2 years...


Originally Posted By Airwolf:
Best firewall is a hardware router. I've been on broadband for 3+ years now. It gets scanned and hit ALL THE TIME and in those 3 years the ONLY time I've been penetrated was my own damn fault (an improperly configured IIS server). Fixed that and never once have been touched.

Link Posted: 10/14/2004 1:49:30 PM EST
Definitely go with a hardware firewall. If the hacker is attacking your software it is too late, they are going to get you.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 1:52:05 PM EST
Run both. Hardware firewalls don't let you selectively deny internet access from single programs.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 2:01:44 PM EST
Get both, router and firewall. hacker came through 1 time in two years and I caught it (and my fault).
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 2:07:51 PM EST
kerio
easy to use and more importantly easy and straight forward when it comes to customizing the ports to block
www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 2:19:02 PM EST
www.zonelabs.com

Try Zonealarm, it's free.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 2:32:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By burbanite:
www.zonelabs.com

Try Zonealarm, it's free.



Ditto the best.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:10:42 PM EST
Thanks, S-Maxx.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:48:20 PM EST
router

AND

zonealarm (freebie)

Good Luck
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:50:29 PM EST
firewater, is that what you wanted tanto?
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:46:23 AM EST
A router is not necessarily a firewall. Actually it really isn't a firewall by definition. All your router does is route traffic to the appropriate computer. It may use NAT (Network Address Translation) to share a single IP the world can access with multiple computers within your network the world cannot see which provides a barrier to outside hackers. It may also provide a genuine firewall within it but make sure that is the case rather than simply purchasing a router that provides NAT and calls that a firewall.

As stated NAT does hide you to a large extent from the outside world but if you download some worm that contains a trojan of some kind it will not block traffic from your computer to the outside world like a true firewall would.
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:47:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By S-Maxx:
Looking for sugestions on a freeware\shareware firewall to use on my W2k Box, let me know. thanks!!



Sygate
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 7:50:41 AM EST
I have a router/firewall combo and I can block traffic both ways. That and keep your system patched.

ZERO intrusions in 4+ years of broadband internet.....
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