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Firewall Choice and Configuration, advice please


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#1 D808Centaur

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 07:35 AM

I'm just rebuilding a Vista PC and have the opportunity of Getting It Right This Time, with regard to Internet security. (Not that I had suffered any problems, but prior to the hard disk failing, I was paying for the McAfee Security Suite supplied 'free' with the machine...). So, I am trying to determine the best configuration of tools to use. Starting with the Firewall...

I have read the useful B.C. Tutorial about Firewalls (which, incidentally, appears to have been written in 2004 and not updated since). I have also found this useful recent post from quietman7, explaining the limitations of the built-in Windows Firewall supplied with Vista.

So, my first question ("Is Windows Firewall adequate?") has been answered ("No.")!

Question 2:
The PC is connected (by cable) to a D-Link DIR-615 wireless router. Do I need to configure anything in the router for the hardware firewall to work (or work better)? Or is it OK in its default configuration?
I have looked at the configuration and there's nothing obvious to turn on or off, although there is the facility to set up filtering of specific ports and addresses. I have always found the array of available router settings somewhat bewildering!

Question 3:
Regarding software firewalls: a friend (who has configured my parents laptops) recommended using ZoneAlarm, while MoneySavingExpert recommends using Outpost. I used to use Outpost on a Win98 machine (no longer networked!). Is there anything particular to choose between these firewall packages?

Q3a - Does Outpost update automatically? (If not, how to get updates?)

Edited by D808Centaur, 29 May 2010 - 03:19 PM.


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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:51 PM

Outpost seems to be working fine.

I'd still like to know about the Router configuration.
Do I need to do anything to use it as a hardware firewall, or does that work by default?

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:01 PM

default router settings and windows firewall for home use are usually enough in my opinion. In windows firewall get to know your list of exceptions and check box "Display a notification when Windows Firewall blocks a program"

your can test for security vulnerability at https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:56 PM

your can test for security vulnerability at https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2


Excellent website. Thank you.
It noted that WAN Ping was enabled, so I checked in the Router and found out how to turn it off. The in-built Help text also recommended doing so -- presumably it is enabled by default so that the router can be located during initial set-up.
And now it says my computer can't be seen, so I guess you have indirectly answered my question about hardware firewalls :thumbsup:

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