Home Net Firewall

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Originally I only had one PC on my DSL connection, and I've been using
Zone Alarm Pro for some time on it. Now I've got a second PC connected
that I use to access my employer's network through a VPN connection. I
could install another copy of ZAP on it, but I'm wondering if there
isn't a better solution than running a software firewall on every PC I
hook up. My SMC Barricade router is getting a little long in the
tooth, also. Any suggestions?

John Jones, Detroit


Re: Home Net Firewall
What's wrong with the Barricade?   That's the method I'd recommend (i.e.
Hardware Wirewall/Router).
Coupled with a good antivirus and depending on your OS (aggressive update
routine and keeping your ear to the ground for "vulns"), you should be good
to go.




Re: Home Net Firewall
On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 12:13:51 -0300, "Not-My-Real-Name"

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Maybe nothing. I really don't have a clue about how good it's firewall
is, but it's old enough that I figure a newer router, or a separate
firewall box, would be more effective.

John Jones, Detroit


Re: Home Net Firewall
I had one, they are pretty good.
The newer ones look nicer, have a few more features in terms of outbound
filtering, etc.
What model is it?




Re: Home Net Firewall
On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 10:08:39 -0300, "Not-My-Real-Name"

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7004ABR

John Jones, Detroit


Re: Home Net Firewall
On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 15:01:52 GMT, John Jones
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John,

Have a look at the ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 Internet Security Gateway:
http://www.us.zyxel.com/products/model.php?indexcate=1044940679&indexcate1=1021873683&indexFlagvalue=1021873683

Here's what Froogle says about suppliers:
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=zywall+2&btnG=Search+Froogle&scoring=p



Re: Home Net Firewall
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I know people that are still using their 5 year old Linksys BESR41 unit
with the latest firmware and having no problems. Since the internet
connection is way slower than your routers ports, there's not much to be
gained by getting a new router.

If you want a better solution, get a firewall, something that has SMTP
content filters for attachments, a HTTP proxy type filter that can
remove scripting, Active-X, cookies, host information, etc... Something
that can block all outbound except on the actual ports that you need to
use the internet.

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