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Firewall and software firewall...

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by minchella, Sep 1, 2004.

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  1. minchella

    minchella Thread Starter

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    Hello

    Quick question...
    I am getting mixed answers from various manufacturers on this one:

    I have a router behind my cable modem and several computers on a LAN 192.168.x.x. Do I still need to have software firewall like say Zone Alarm the computers of the LAN? (I set one of the computers of my LAN as a DMZ on occasion for remote access purposes).

    Thanks
    Aldo :confused:
     
  2. GrumpyHermit

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    Both hardware firewalls (routers) and software firewalls should be part of your computer security setup. While a router will prevent intrusion from hackers, it will not necessarily prevent data from being transmitted by a trojan horse program that you might inadvertently download. A permission-based software firewall like Zone Alarm will catch these outgoing signals and alert you to them. It's up to you to determine if the alert is for a legitimate cause, however, which can be difficult because trojans hide their true identity, hence their name. :)
     
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