How important is a firewall???

  hazap2 15:06 19 Jul 2003

I was just wondering how important a firewall was? I want to use to play a chessgame over the net and it tells me it may not work unless i enable the windows XP firewall, is this a good thing? Should i go ahead? Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you

  hugh-265156 15:11 19 Jul 2003

if your going online,its best practice to use a firewall and antivirus.

download zonealarm click here its free and better than xps built in one.

also get avg antivirus also free click here

  hazap2 15:14 19 Jul 2003

Thank you huggyg71

  Big Elf 15:18 19 Jul 2003

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  hugh-265156 15:19 19 Jul 2003

ZoneAlarm 3 is the free one.

  Gaz 25 15:28 19 Jul 2003

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  superfifth 15:40 19 Jul 2003

I totally agree with all other postings,I have Zone Alarm,Mailwasher installed.I have paid for the full versions and are worth every penny.

  jnevill 15:47 19 Jul 2003

In answer to the actual question.."How important a firewall was?"...the simple answer is 'vital'. I installed the free version of ZoneAlarm less than a year ago. I do not visit 'dodgy' sites, rarely use chatrooms and never indulge in interactive games with other people online. Despite my limited use of the internet my firewall has already blocked 6041 attempts by programmes attempting to access my computer, 3806 attemps were classified as high risk (potential hackers).

A good analogy would be to liken the firewall to a smoke detector in your house. It's cheap, effective, can sit around in the background but it provides a vital safety function and you can always turn it off if you need to.


  hazap2 15:51 19 Jul 2003

I've downloaded the free zone alarm and when i try to install it says curropt install file? Are there any others? Thanks

  hugh-265156 15:54 19 Jul 2003

try this link click here

  VoG II 15:55 19 Jul 2003

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