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#1 GOPHER77

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 10:32 AM

I enrolled in AT&T's $10 DSL access after only having dial-up. I need to ask about the best available free firewall that is also simple to install and use as I am not computer smart.

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 11:07 AM

There are many free, excellent firewalls available. Two that I have used and can recommend are Comodo and Sygate. While both are simple to install, no firewall is completely simple to use---you must "train" it so that it knows what applications are permitted (by you) to have internet access.
Since these firewalls are free, you can certainly download one and give it a "test drive" and "kick the tyres" for two weeks. Just an important reminder: do not have more than one firewall running on your computer, since having several can cause not only performance slowdowns but serious conflicts.
See the list below for the links to these two firewalls (as well as others used by BC members):

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

If you have never used a firewall, there is a good BC Tutorial that will help you understand how one works:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/understanding-and-using-firewalls/

Regards,
John

Edited by jgweed, 20 June 2007 - 11:10 AM.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 01:18 PM

Thank you, I went with Comodo and have had it up for a couple of days.
My next question, if you have time is to ask about a router. The modem that came with DSL is just for this destop. My son wants to be able to use his laptop also. What issues are there with putting in a router? Last evening he tried to attach his laptop with the ethernet cable that was connected to the desktop and that must have messed things up because I had to call today and they walked me through resetting the modem. With that in mind, I'm nervous about trying to attach a router.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 08:46 PM

I suggest you make a separate post about the router in the hardware forum, where someone with expertise in that area can give you advice.
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