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Installing a firewall the basics?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by spiers, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. spiers

    spiers Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2005
    For a uni project i need to talk about the ease of use of IT security.
    I thought talking about firewalls and AV would be easy, but i cant find a basic AV or Firewall installation guide, they are all brand name, like from Norton or Sygate.
    I need basic info which makes it sound like installing these are easy.
    Tips such as updating regualry, scheduled scanning and all that.
    Just need some actual text i can refer to.

    Out of intrest ive used Norton Internet Security for years now, buts its out of date.
    I need a good FW and AV.
    I dont really like Zone Alarm with all its pop-ups for the first few times its on.
    I dont have SP2 btw if that reduces my choice.
    Need a new AV, was using the AVG thing which used to be called Ewido, but i think thats more an Adware/Spyware remover than an actual Anti-virus, and once the trial period is over you cant use the auto-protect function.
    I must be able to block pop-ups, im using Firefox as a browser so that might be enough?
    Norton Internet Security comes with a pop-up blocker.
  2. tjamnz


    Jun 15, 2004
    Security Best Practices

    1. Good security begins with a strong password policy, for your pc administrator account and for your applications as well. (UPPER/lowercaseletters/ a few numbers/ and a symbol and at least 8 characters in length).

    2. Update, Update, Update your antivirus/anti spyware definitions, and operating system updates on a regular basis (weekly or less for sure).

    3. Purchase an "internet router/gateway" to access the internet wirelessly or with ethernet (wired). and dont just plug your cable modem directly into your pc (unless it has NAT - Network Address Translation) This will mask (hide) your real ip, and dynamically you will be assigned a class c address in the 192.168.. range) which is good. This can enhance your security as well.

    4. And for ultimate security, consumers can sign up with a VPN "Virtual Private Network" proxy service.
    take a few minutes and check this one out HERE There are many companies that offer this service for a small monthly fee, and its easy to set up and log in.

    Also, You might not like installing Zone Alarm.. but ZA's website/software has a sweet tutorial that you could use, and they also explain step by step how it works.
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