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Hardware VS Software Firewalls


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#1 hienvn94

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 03:09 AM

hi 2 all i am curious to know whether hardware firewalls are more secure in comparison to software firewalls.
points to consider between each of them
 
hardware-Advantages
+Doesnt eat up ram
+custom firewall rules filters and services
+web filtering/blocking sites
+opensource firmware such as linksys openwrt
 
hardware-disadvantages
-GUI
-Some firewall routers only block inbound
-cant think of anymore maybe u can add some
 
 
 
Software_advantages
+GUI
+block inbound and outbound
+application control
+spyware/trojan database
+precise and more relevant information on each port/program and process
 
software_disadvantages
-large footprint//high memory usage
-once again if u can think of any more add them
 
would it be worth using both hardware firewall in conjunction with software.
if so is there any programs which block outbound traffic only


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 05:03 AM

Welcome to BC...

 

I use both types of firewalls in Windows and Linux. Do I Need a Firewall if I Have a Router?  explains the advantages

of both types in a way that I think most users will understand.

 

QUOTE the bottom paragraph from that link:

It’s important to use at least one type of a firewall – a hardware firewall (such as a router) or a software firewall. Routers and software firewalls overlap in some

ways, but each provides unique benefits.If you already have a router, leaving the Windows firewall enabled provides you with security benefits with no real

performance cost. Therefore, it’s a good idea to run both.You don’t necessarily have to install a third-party software firewall that replaces the

built-in Windows firewall – but you can, if you want more features.


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