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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Personal Firewalls is designed to provide simplified, yet thorough firewall information on the most prevalent personal firewall software applications available for the non expert firewall consumer. In addition, it offers information and links to Web sites that will help you test your security after your personal firewall is installed.

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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Personal Firewalls is designed to provide simplified, yet thorough firewall information on the most prevalent personal firewall software applications available for the non expert firewall consumer. In addition, it offers information and links to Web sites that will help you test your security after your personal firewall is installed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726254
  • Publisher: Pearson Technology Group 2
  • Publication date: 10/24/2001
  • Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide Series
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, instructor, and a security analyst with over 13 years of experience in the information technology field. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years of teaching experience in information technology. Jerry is a Microsoft-certified Systems Engineer and has authored six other books, including Practical Microsoft Windows Peer Networking. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Mary, and their sons, Alexander and William.

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Table of Contents



1. Why Do You Need a Personal Firewall?

The New Age of High-Speed Internet Access Protecting Yourself with a Personal Firewall. The Typical Internet Connection. Who Are Hackers Anyway? What Do They Want from You?

2. High-Speed Internet Connections Equal Increased Vulnerability.

Selecting a High-Speed Connection: Cable Versus DSL. Cable and DSL Modems. Setting Up Your Cable or DSL Connection. Pre-Installation Tasks. NIC Installation. Installing the Software Driver.

3. Firewalls Explained.

Understanding Personal Firewalls. Networking Overview. Understanding How Firewalls Operate. Firewall Functions. Firewall Classifications.


4. Locking Down Windows Networking.

An Overview of Microsoft Networking. Improving Your Security. Why You Should Still Get a Personal Firewall.

5. Hardware Firewalls.

Hardware Firewalls. The BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router. Installing the Hardware Firewall. Configuration via the Web Browser. Other Cable/DSL Router Functions. Using the Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router As a Personal Firewall. Other Cable/DSL Routers.

6. McAfee Personal Firewall.

Overview of McAfee. System Requirements. Installation and Setup. Working with the Configuration Wizard. Normal Operation. Working with Report Logs. Limitations. Testing the McAfee Personal Firewall.

7. BlackICE Defender.

Overview. System Requirements. Installation and Setup. Configuring BlackICE Defender. Keeping BlackICE Defender's Defenses Up to Date. Normal Operation. BlackICE Defender's Limitations. Testing the BlackICE Defender Personal Firewall.

8. ZoneAlarm.

Overview. System Requirements. Installation and Setup. Getting Started with ZoneAlarm. Working with ZoneAlarm. Working with the ZoneAlarm Desk Band Toolbar. ZoneAlarm's Alerts and Log File. Working with ZoneAlarm Alerts. ZoneAlarm's Limitations. Testing Your Zone Labs Personal Firewall.

9. How Secure Is Your Computer?

Testing Your Vulnerability to Internet Hackers. Testing with Your Personal Firewall Up and Running. Testing Security from the Inside Out. A Final Analysis.

10. Habits of Security-Conscious Surfers.

Updating Your Personal Firewall. Keeping Your Microsoft Operating System Up-to-Date. Keeping Your Operating System Locked Down Tight. Using Antivirus Software. Beware Cookies. Backing Up Your Data. Be Vigilant and Test Often.

11. Home Networks and Internet Connection Sharing.

What Is a Home Network? Putting Your Network Together. Network Software Configuration. Network Administration. Connecting Your Home Network to the Internet. Tightening Things Up with a Second Line of Firewalls. Microsoft's Internet Connection Sharing. Securing Home Networks with NetBEUI.

Appendix A. Other Firewall Products.

Aladdin Knowledge Systems eSafe Desktop 3.0. Norton Personal Firewall 2001. PGP Desktop Security 7.0. Symantec Desktop Firewall 2.0. Sygate Personal Firewall. ConSeal PC Firewall. Tiny Personal Firewall.

Appendix B. Other Web Sites That Will Test Your Security.

HackerWhacker. Gibson Research Corporation. Secure Design. Sygate Online Services. Symantec. McAfee. HackYourself.com.



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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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