I have two computers, sharing a modem and never networked.
If I have $400 to spend on a software/hardware firewall, which would give me the best security against a hacker or trojan (from calling out), AND ease of operation, monitoring, configuration etc.? If I have to learn some UNIX, that's certainly ok., What are some of the pros and cons between the $400 Cisco firewall (PIX 501) or putting IPCOP on my Dell P1 166. Assume IPCOP costs $400 and came with CISCO-like support? I'm interested in the best security, but if the Cisco is equal to or better than IPCOP, even if it costs $400.00, on this issue I'll get it. One computer is a wired desktop, and the other is a wireless (WPA encrypted) laptop, but I believe that in the future, this arrangement may not be strong enough. Currently, I also use a NAT router and Zonealarm (on both computers). All other suggestion are certainly welcomed. I'm just trying to stay a step ahead.