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April 26, 2002 2:29:58 PM

I'm getting Dsl installed next week and I wanted to find out what firewall software should I buy? I use McAfee VirusScan and it comes with some kind of firewall software. Should I use it? I don't know to much about networking but I'm heading out to buy a network card right now.

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April 26, 2002 2:49:57 PM

I like ZoneAlarm because it's free.

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April 26, 2002 4:07:50 PM

Here's an article written from Fred Langa about firewalls:
<A HREF="http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20020412S0009" target="_new">Firewall Feedback - April 15, 2002</A> (just so you know it's recent)

Another article you might like from the same author:
<A HREF="http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000..." target="_new">Secure Your PC Online, Part 4 - March 27, 2000</A> (not so recent, but still applies) :wink:

Personally, I haven't been using a <i>software</i> firewall. Instead I have a hardware firewall (a Pentium I computer running BBIagent), and my computer's stealthed right now. If anyone hacks it's ports, they only get to that computer, and not my main one it's connected to (I hope). Software firewall has been giving me trouble, like sometimes slowing down my internet connection. Or, sometimes causing instability. But, I'll eventually install one again when I feel like it.

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April 27, 2002 7:59:57 AM

I also like using zonealarm. Just remember to test your firewall like at a site <A HREF="http://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2" target="_new">here</A>.

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April 27, 2002 6:33:16 PM

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I used to use ZoneAlarm, but now I use the built-in firewall of Windows XP Pro.

Not a good idea, the Windows XP firewall is very limited!

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May 5, 2002 11:55:01 AM

I recommend Tiny Firewall instead of Zone Alarm. Why?
Well because Tiny is smaller and easier to use for those without experience. The main advantage is that Tiny is a lot smaller so it uses less resources which mean it runs great on old computers. Another reason is that tiny has a great users group and FAQ for those security experts wanna -be :) 
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