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Posted 15 August 2005 - 03:49 AM
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 01:14 PM
Posted 16 August 2005 - 01:41 PM
Yes, but remember that your firewall only protects you from online threats. If you're online, your chances of getting viruses, spyware, hijacked etc are much greater. However, if you have a firewall enabled it should keep out those nasties. A good firewall to have is the one from Zonelabs, (Zonealarm). I find the built-in firewall in windows XP not bad though, it is the one I use.
So, if I log out of Windows, my firewall is still running, but my computer isn't completely protected?
Posted 16 August 2005 - 09:13 PM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:19 PM
Really? Looks like ZoneAlarm is blocking almost as much stuff while I'm logged into Windows, but not using Internet Explorer.
Yes, but remember that your firewall only protects you from online threats.
Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:28 PM
Oh, okay. But what if I'm not logged into Windows at all? Does the firewall block anything then? I know the threat is substantially reduced when I'm not on the Internet, but it looks like ZoneAlarm starts blocking threats as soon as I log in to Windows. I used to keep my computer at the Windows login screen when I wasn't using the computer, but I was thinking maybe the firewall wasn't blocking threats, so I started turning off my computer whenever it wasn't in use. Since I use my computer a lot, it can be a hassle.
When you are not online, or doing "on-line activities" like reading previously downloaded Email, your computer is relatively safe; it is not that you are not completely protected, it is rather that you don't need the same high level of protection (hence you scan your hard drive with your Anti-virus).
To conserve CPU usage, I generally exit my resident firewall when I am not online and doing activities requiring a lot of processing, and do so with perfect safety.
Edited by PCIlliterateGal, 18 August 2005 - 11:41 PM.
Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:43 PM
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