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Is a firewall necessary?


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#1 codedoomy

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 07:01 PM

My computer is running SpyBot TeaTimer, Avast! free edition, ProcessGuard, Windows Firewall, and Prevx Home edition. I was wondering if I need to install a third party firewall even though I have all of these other programs. If so, what should I use?

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 07:09 PM

Hi. Well that's a very good Question. I mean if you want to be even safer then now why shouldn't you get another firewall,that's never wrong. My TIP is

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:12 PM

Do not Run 2 Firewalls at the same time.
The same applies to Antivirus programs.
They will conflict with each other, and cause problems.

I see you are using Windows Firewall.
While it is a firewall, it's not a very good one.
Four free, better ones, are:
Kerio
Outpost Firewall Free
Sygate Free
ZoneAlarm

If you choose to run one of these, instead of the Windows Firewall, be sure to disable the Windows Firewall.
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Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:18 PM

The Windows firewall will only check incomming packets, leaving outgoing packets alone; as a result, any malware that might land on your computer is at liberty to "call home." Any of the firewalls mentioned by tg1911 is preferable, from a security point of view, to the MS firewall.
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#5 codedoomy

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 01:56 AM

I had previously installed Zone Alarm, but the new version of Avast said that it wasn't compatible, so I uninstalled ZA. And sorry VIRUS, but I'm never going to use McAffe again. They ripped me off last time. :thumbsup: Plus, the program consumes too much resources.
Thanks for the suggestions. If I use Sygate does it matter if I use Firefox instead of IE? It lists IE as one of the requirements.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:45 AM

codedoomy: First, welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

Let me try to answer your question this way: About six months ago, my computer was really messed-up with malware. I'd been running with AVG, but no firewall. BC put my machine back on the road and I installed a firewall (Zone Alarm). Since that time, no problems, however ZA reports there have been almost 6200 intrustion attempts (that's about 35 per day), almost 100 of which were considered "high-rated". BTW, those numbers based on about 2 hours per day surfing relatively safe news sites and similar; nothing out of the ordinary.

So I think a firewall is extremely important, along with regularly updated AV and malware-detecting software. A great BC Tutorial on protecting your computer can be found here and a BC Tutorial on firewalls can be found here.
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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:48 AM

Just to add another twist to this question:

Do I need a software firewall as well as the hardware one in my modem/router?
I'd like to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:14 PM

Sygate Personal Firewall works perfectly well with any Mozilla application, though you might need IE just to download it.
There will be endless discussion about whether you need both a resident firewall and a router. To my mind, a resident firewall is another layer of protection against the barbarians at the castle door.
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