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Absolute Beginner's Guide To Personal Firewalls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    Excellent comparisons of HW firewalls vs. SW firewalls, and DSL vs. Cable security exposures

    This book prefaces itself in that its intended purpose is not to cover all types of firewalls (e.g.corporate), but just personal firewalls. There are some great dives into previously unanswered questions I had: 1. Would I run a SW firewall if my DSL router already says it has a firewall built-in (answer is yes for a home LAN or a DSP WAN connection, no for low-speed dial up...) 2. How do various SW products (McAfee, BlackIce, ZoneAlarm) compare. 3. How do various HW products compare (DSL modems vs. Cable modems). (From a security viewpoint, there is a clear winner--you'll have to buy the book to find out though or else if I told you Time-Warner would send out someone to unplug my cable in retaliation) 4. How do I test these things once I get them installed (this topic was worth the price of the book alone...he emphasizes doing both Before & After tests to verify that insecure connections -> become changed to secure connections. How many people might just install the SW or HW & then wonder "Did it really work? "What's different now than before?") Overall, more useful information than I ever expected to find in this little book!

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