Firewalls

  LinH 23:06 28 Jan 07
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Like many others I use Zone Alarm firewall to protect my networked p.c's, but have been told by various 'techies' that because I use a Belkin modem/router - which has a built in firewall - I don't really need Zone Alarm as the router firewall will give adequate protection against intruders.

I would appreciate any comments from forum members regarding this issue, specially those that rely on router firewalls alone for protection?

Many thanks in advance.

  Arnie 23:17 28 Jan 07

It's also advisable to use a software firewall following the router.

These can be paid for or free.

  anskyber 23:19 28 Jan 07

This is a useful summary.click here

  Totally-braindead 23:20 28 Jan 07

Its up to you. If you have a hardware one you don't strictly speaking need a software one but if it doesn't cause problems or slow things up just leave it as it is.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

  skidzy 23:21 28 Jan 07

Without knowing the exact details Lin,i think you may find out that having a software firewall such as ZA,this stops inbound and outbound traffic,though i believe having a hardware firewall (your Router) only stops inbound.
I do stand to be corrected as im not totally sure.I use ZA on 5 machines and they run through a D-Link router.

  Arnie 23:27 28 Jan 07

As an addendum, your firewall can be checked for stealth mode by visiting click here

Then use this leak testing firewall utility.

click here

  LinH 18:58 29 Jan 07

Many thanks for the responses, there were some interesting replies. As Totally-braindead said: "if it ain't broke don't fix it", so Zone Alarm stays!

LinH

  postie24 19:07 29 Jan 07

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