No firewall on dial-up

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Joseph King

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I usually run DSL through an external router, which I'm told is every bit as good as a software firewall and has the added advantage of being without the potential complications that software firewalls tend to introduce. I'm the owner of a business and don't have time for playing games nor can I risk the security of the data/system.

The DSL has been down for a few days because of a major problem after the hurricanes hit Florida, and I'm using the dial-up connection (aaarrrggghhhh) in the meanwhile. Looks like it could be a few more days before the DSL is back.

It just dawned on me I don't have the security of the router, nor a firewall.

How bad is this? (Is dial-up as bad of exposure as DSL without security?)

If it's bad, how do I get a user-friendly firewall up and running fast without any prior experience to firewalls and little time for a learning curve? And how do I then check to see if I was compromised? (I currently run W98SE, Norton Anti-Virus with constant updating, and Ad-Aware SE Professional when I run it manually.)

THANKS!

Jay
 
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A firewall is never a bad idea ...

When you use a dial-up modem, your IP address changes every time you connect ... it's difficult for a hacker to find you repeatedly (needed to break into your computer).

Always on (like DSL or cable) means always vulnerable ... hence the router or a firewall "requirement" ...
 
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For a free software firewall, ZoneAlarm appears to be easy, friendly and adequate for a dial-up account. Look for it at cnet.com download site.

AVG 6.0 Anti-Virus (freeware) has a realtime scanner.

I also use PC-cillin Internet Security - very up-to-date anti-virus from TrendMicro, also with a realtime scanner, but not free.

I use Ad-Aware SE Personal from Lavasoft, SpyBot Search & Destroy, and Aluria's free Spyware Elimiator - just because I get different results from each, though some are false positives which need a decision to nuke them or not. Also, use SpySites which doesn't update very often, and CWShredder.

Also use Spyware Blaster (recommended), and of course, even though I have IE for use, I have switched to Mozilla and FireFox for added security (www.mozilla.org).

-- Tom

P.S. All of this is on a Win98SE PC.
 
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