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Windows XP SP3 Firewall enough?


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#1 Pajajn

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:34 PM

I decided i wouldn't bother having a 3rd party FW installed, i got Windows XP ServicePack 3 last updated ~2011 somewhere. I do not use
Java
PDF
Word

Newest Firefox + adblock / flash plugin
Newest Skype and so on

Any fears to behave when surfing? does windows firewall + router NAT enough?

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:58 PM

Any fears to behave when surfing? does windows firewall + router NAT enough?

Hi -
You do not even mention a decent Antivirus, which is your first program to think of ............
A firewall should then be introduced to this, and Windows Firewall has improved greatly over the last few years -

Personally only - I use M.S.E. Antivirus with a Windows firewall and I have little problems with the set-up
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=183489 << Link to M.S.E. Antivirus -
Avira / avast! / or AVG also supply decent free Antivirus programs

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:02 AM

From my view, safe browsing habits plus windows FW plus router FW should be OK. I also use the NoScript firefox add-on for blocking java, javascript, flash and other "active" contents. I also agree with noknojon, an AV is a must.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:39 PM

I never use Antivirus. I personally run everything im un-sure of in a sanboxed environment like sandboxie or Comodo's build in safebox ^^ normally don't using Cracks and such stuff since i got pretty much everything i do with my computer already saved on my usb. Checked every saved software for outgoing data or something fishy and found nothing on em so ill stick to that :)

Anyway thanks for your answers guys

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:56 PM

The Windows Firewall is sufficient for most needs. I use that myself. A two-way firewall is only good for blocking outgoing malicious traffic which your antivirus or anti-malware solution should have blocked the malware to begin with. It's like having a lock on the inside of your front door. Two-way firewalls serves no purpose unless your are an enterprise or corporation that needs to monitor traffic such as users, filter content or safe guard data such as a large bank or financial institution. They really serve no purpose for a home user.




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