View Full Version : The best firewall?
08-05-2002, 08:50 AM
what do u guys think is the best firewall? i am using the norton personal firewall and i mean its ok but i am looking for something that will protect me more (always striving for something better..) so any suggestions on what i should buy would be helpful.
08-05-2002, 11:53 AM
What's your budget?
IMHO, a hardware firewall is better than software -
Watchguard (http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.asp?EDC=203126) and Checkpoint (http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.asp?EDC=378329) have home devices that are reasonably priced.
08-05-2002, 12:22 PM
my budget is like 50 dollars or less cause thats all i have set aside for comp stuff at the moment. i have a router if that helps any.
08-05-2002, 12:48 PM
For $50 or less, you're not going to get much that's better than the software firewall you're already running. Especially if you're already running a little NAT router for your broadband connection.
If you want something better than what you have, you've got a couple of options. Cobble together an old pc, and build a firewall on it using a linux or BSD distro. This will require a lot more learning on your part. Set it up badly, and you may as well have no firewall at all. Very secure if done right, very insecure if done wrong.
Or, pick up one of the higher quality hardware firewalls like the ones Jeffbx linked to. Those will cost you more, but they'll be easier to set up. It won't be as flexible as a linux/BSD router, but it also will be a lot less work, and is vastly easier for the average person to make a hardware firewall secure than a linux/bsd firewall. This is the best choice for all but the terminally geeky.
In the meantime, if you're really paranoid, the most secure pc is one with no network cable attached to it. When in doubt, pull it out. (or power off, you know what I mean)
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