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Do you really need a firewall??

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Dads Workbench, Jul 23, 2006.

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  1. Dads Workbench

    Dads Workbench Thread Starter

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    Hey all.
    I'm not a newbie to computer building, but this networking stuff is a pain.

    My question, however idiotic, is this:
    If I am running a home network with internet access through a wired/wireless router with NAT (acting as the DHCP) and then through the DSL modem (acting as a DHCP for the router to drill down the IP even further)..... do I need firewalls on the PCs?

    I have strong WEP and do not broadcast the SSID on on the wireless. I also limit the DHCP to only the min # of IPs I use. I use Mac address authentication as well. Of course, I do run AntiVirus and AntiSpyware.

    I would like to avoid the redundant protection if possible. Plus my wife and kids don't ever know what to do with the firewall prompts, making it a pointless adventure.

    PS: my network has the following:
    5 PCs. 1 Server. 1 NAS. 2 Hacked Tivos. 1 Xbox 360 (with media connect enabled on some of the PCs).

    Thanks!
    ~ Dad
     
  2. Dads Workbench

    Dads Workbench Thread Starter

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    Its actually a serious question :)
    I will appreciate any thoughtful advice.

    Thanks!
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I am not technically competent; however, I scan this Forum every day and have seen many recs that a software firewall be employed along with a router (hardware protection).

    ZoneAlarm allows turning off the incessant messages that it has detected an intruder. Perhaps your present firewall has that option, too. If not, give ZA a try. However, have only one software firewall active at a time.

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