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Sygate Personal Firewall Pro vs. hardware solution

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Anonymous
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August 5, 2004 3:06:22 AM

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How secure is my laptop, running its current installation of Sygate Personal
Firewall Pro, as opposed to using an external hardware solution?

Is a software firewall really capable of totally isolating the entire
machine from any type of attack, just like a firewall solution could?
Anonymous
a b 8 Security
August 5, 2004 5:24:27 AM

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yo@viacorreo.net wrote in news:41116beb$1_1@127.0.0.1:

> How secure is my laptop, running its current installation of Sygate
> Personal Firewall Pro, as opposed to using an external hardware
> solution?
>
> Is a software firewall really capable of totally isolating the entire
> machine from any type of attack, just like a firewall solution could?
>

There is no software or hardware solution that can do that. If you have
an O/S such as an NT based O/S, then that's where you start in the
protection is to secure it from attack. The hardware or software solution
is secondary to the O/S, IMHO.

Some people go with both solutions with a layered protection approach, a
good AV, and using safe hex.

Duane :) 
Anonymous
a b 8 Security
August 5, 2004 3:28:52 PM

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yo@viacorreo.net wrote:
>
> How secure is my laptop, running its current installation of Sygate Personal
> Firewall Pro, as opposed to using an external hardware solution?
>
> Is a software firewall really capable of totally isolating the entire
> machine from any type of attack, just like a firewall solution could?

No, because it is running *on* the machine. Any vulnerability in the
"software firewall" might compromise the entire system.

Thor

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