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Cable Modem and Security - Newbie has ?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by jg1234, Apr 7, 2004.

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  1. jg1234

    jg1234 Thread Starter

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    Hi Folks,

    I am new to firewalls and internet security so I have two quick questions. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

    1. If I buy an external cable modem can I hook more then one computer to it ?

    2. Will a free downloaded software firewall with some anti virus software be enough security for us ?? ( We will not keep the computer on all the time and occasionally will make online purchases. We will not be doing gaming on this system )

    Any advice, links or product suggestions would be really helpful.

    Thanks - jg1234
     
  2. winchester73

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    A router will allow multiple connections to your cable modem ... I have a Linksys 4-port myself. If you have multiple printers and want to get fancy, you can get a Print Server to connect the router and the other computers.

    While the router has a built-in NAT firewall, I also use Zone Alarm to protect the outbound transmissions. They have a free one available, as does Sygate (also a good one).

    Always on connection = always open to attack.

    Consider installing the following for prophylaxis:

    SpywareBlaster v3.0 and SpywareGuard v2.2, to prevent Active-X drive-by installations, as well as provide real-time browser hijacking protection: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/products.html

    IE-SPYAD, a registry file that adds thousands of known "sites" to the Restricted Sites of your Internet Explorer: http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~ehowes/resource.htm
     
  3. jg1234

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    Winchester73,

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate the information.

    Great Site - jg1234
     
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