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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:23 AM #1

Personal firewall - good idea?

I have always used antivirus software and enabled default windows firewalls sometimes.

I am currently using NOD 32 which is good and fast antivirus software. the new version 3 has a kinder interface also:

http://www.eset.com/products/

Should I get the suite which includes a software firewall for an extra $20 per year? Or simply use the antivirus software?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:03 AM #2

Completely suffices high - class and all right predetermined firewall, I recommend http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/ be free.

 

Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:23 AM #3

I'm all for ZoneAlarm Security Suite. I own over 20 licenses (my own + clients) so I trust it
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:40 AM #4

Thank you for your replies.

I am still curious is anti virus alone ok or is a software firewall needed?

Or is it just a luxury?

I have heard good things about Zone alarm but NOD32 gets better test results from what I hear. I could be wrong....

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:24 PM #5

I ended up going with ESETS security suite which includes a firewall and I am very happy.

Next up a router/firewall.

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 05:17 PM #6

I am still curious is anti virus alone ok or is a software firewall needed?

Or is it just a luxury?


Firewalls aren't luxuries, they are necessities. They protect you from completely different threats than anti-virus software does. They aren't the same thing at all.

That said, check with your ISP, you are likely behind one firewall already. Many DSL or Cable modems have some form of firewall, as do routers, but don't trust you have one without confirming with your ISP.

I also recommend the Comodo firewall. I've used several, it does just as well as all other's I've used.
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Posted 23 September 2008 - 01:55 AM #7

Arlen,

Thank you Arlen,

I have heard good things about Comodo.

NOD32 is said to be the best antivirus so I have been using it and it is good, fast and has a small footprint.

I opted for the ESET security suite because the firewall operates smoothly together with the anitvirus anti spy etc. Also once you buy the antivirus the firewall component is very low cost.

So far very smooth running.

I will also be getting a new hardware router/firewall and next up is a power source for when the power goes out which does happen where I live.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 07:32 AM #8

Hello Traveler,

You can test your security:

http://www.auditmypc...rewall-test.asp

http://www.pcflank.com/scanner1.htm

I have a NAT hardware Firewall for years PLUS Commodo software on my Windows PCs and firewall package on my Linux PCs.

Security and privacy are good ;)

It's a Netgear DG834:

http://www.netgear.c...ters/DG834.aspx



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Posted 09 October 2008 - 02:02 PM #9

Hello Traveler,

You can test your security:

http://www.auditmypc...rewall-test.asp

http://www.pcflank.com/scanner1.htm

I have a NAT hardware Firewall for years PLUS Commodo software on my Windows PCs and firewall package on my Linux PCs.

Security and privacy are good ;)

It's a Netgear DG834:

http://www.netgear.c...ters/DG834.aspx



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Lee,

Thank you.

I don't think those tests will work for me as I probably have a proxy setup and do not want to disable anything.

I have also added a hardware firewall so I now feel safe.

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