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#1 Robert S

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:05 PM

need a portable firewall to block/monitor all incoming connections. an anitvirus would also be helpful. i read about a portable avg, but i'm not too fond of avg in the first place. is there anything else?

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:24 PM

I guess I don't understand...you already have a firewall if you have Windows installed.

As for AV, kind of depends on what O/S is installed...but Avira Free and Avast seem to be well-thought of.


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:19 PM

I need a firewall for my portable hard drive so when i plug it into to a computer, like on at the college, nobody but me can access the information on it. Is there any software to encrypt everything so i have to use a password. I just need something to make my portable hard drive secure so nobody can browse the files or anything.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:29 PM

TrueCrypt would be relevant. I do have to say that a firewall and an encryption software package are two very very different things. Your title and first post were confusing and misleading.

Just for future reference, a firewall filters connections from the network to a specific machine (not necessarily a single peripheral) based on rules (whether they be application based, port based or protocol based). Encryption protects and secures the data on a device from any unauthorized access (via password or hardware key or whatever other method, basically excluding everything and everyone access that does not have the proper key). A firewall is like a traffic cop whilst encryption is like a lock that "requires" a key, if that makes sense.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 11:00 PM

an anitvirus would also be helpful.

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