Fire wall's are they realy neccessary?

  golfpro 08:12 29 Jan 2003

I have a Broadband conection through my cable network, my OS is XP home. I have a good AV (Norton system works 2002) this will be updated as and when necc. I also run Ad-Aware, Mailwasher (very good) and Spybot (just installed). I have tried a couple of firewalls Outpost etc. but find them such a pig to set up, outpost even blocked a couple of my games (on CD). It seems a nice idea, but are they worth the hassel????

  jimv7 08:15 29 Jan 2003

Try sygate firewall or zone alarm, both are free
and easy to set up.

  Gongoozler 08:23 29 Jan 2003

golfpro, I would strongly advise anyone on broadband to have a firewall. I am on dial-up, but when I look at my ZoneAlarm log, and check on the background of some of the attempted intrusions it is quite frightening.

  Stuartli 09:00 29 Jan 2003

If you need to ask a question like that then you defintely need a firewall...:-)

As stated, ZoneAlarm is excellent although my son, an IT specialist, relies on BlackIce.

  Stuartli 09:05 29 Jan 2003

If you want to (safely) check just how vulnerable your system is to the outside world without a firewall go to:

click here

and follow the instructions.

Interestingly enough, Steve Gibson has recommended the (free) version of ZoneAlarm for several years and he tests them all regularly.

  Switcher 09:16 29 Jan 2003


  powerless 09:21 29 Jan 2003

click here

Zonealarm is free so why not have one?

  Stuartli 17:36 29 Jan 2003

That is, at the very least, an unwise answer - especially as this is a broadband connection query.

  €dstow 18:09 29 Jan 2003

Can you give a reasoned explanation for that comment?


  golfpro 18:16 29 Jan 2003

Come on then Switcher I'm waiting for a bit more than NO! As it is, on the advice of the other very helpfull contributers to the forum I have instaled Sygate and trying it out, at the moment with some succsess. Thanks everyone.

  Sir Radfordin™ 18:30 29 Jan 2003

Have to agree that I often wonder if they are worth the hassle. Norton runs looking for any virus infected mails and Outpost occasionally get put up if it doesn't annoy me. These things tend to be the kind of thing that once working are fine, but for some people the process of getting there isn't always easy.

Having once been up all night sorting out a virus infected PC (not mine!) I would always say have AV software running. A firewall is good but not essential.

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