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June 16, 2006
How to Choose a Firewall to
Reduce Your Internet Security Risks from Unprotected Web Surfing
Not every Internet user or Web Surfer may be aware of the
important job their firewall performs for them.
Since it's possible that Firewall functions could be a mystery
to some users, here's a very brief review of how and why a firewall
is necessary to reduce the risks of Unprotected Web Surfing.
Hardware and/or software Firewalls are designed to
keep unauthorized outsiders from tampering with a computer system or
Firewalls block Hackers and other outside users from getting into your computer, just
as physical walls prevent fires from spreading from one area to
To be SAFE using the internet, you need protective tools like
firewalls, anti-virus software, etc, to provide virus protection,
security against Trojan Horses, Worms, SpyWare and Adware, and the
Theft of your Identity. You will definitely Reduce your risks of
computer 'virus grief' and improve your Internet Security by using
Firewalls and Virus Protection when surfing the 'Web'.
Firewalls exist in Hardware and Software versions. The hardware
firewall is a physical device located between your computer and your
Internet connection. It stops unauthorized inbound information and
is often referred to as a Firewall/Router. (It routes the accepted
incoming signals to your computer).
The software version is actually a program installed on your PC.
Software versions don't cost as much as the hardware type, and in
many cases are available for free or for demo trial periods.
The Software types are often called 'Personal Firewalls'.
Window XP users should consider upgrading their firewall protection
from the Window XP Service Pack 2's firewall. If you have a DSL or
broadband cable connection, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may
have given you a DSL/Cable router with a firewall built in. Usually,
all you have to do is read the manual and turn it on.
Microsoft Company's most recent Vista operating system will include
a built-in firewall. The personal firewall built into Windows Vista
includes 'application-aware' outbound filtering, which means that
filtering of information sent from your computer can be turned on or
off. For example, Windows Firewall in Windows Vista will allow
administrators to block applications (such as peer-to-peer sharing
or instant messaging applications) from contacting or responding to
If you use DSL and your ISP did not give you a DSL or Cable
broadband router with a built in firewall, you can buy one. They are
If you have DSL, buy a DSL router. If you have Cable broadband ISP
get a Cable Router. Most of the popular router brands have built in
firewalls and a feature called NAT, Network Address Translation.
This hides your real IP address from the Internet.
When selecting your firewall Software program, Read the reviews of
Internet Security software testers and select the firewall software
titles with the best ratings and highest recommendations. Do a
Google or Yahoo search for "firewall program reviews". You'll find
dozens of sources for published test results. Magazines like
PC Magazine are very reliable places to look. Check out
three or four reviews and select the firewall software with the
Recommended firewall software programs that appear at the top of
more than one review should be reasonably safe programs to try.
more on Firewalls and Virus Protection.
Just be sure you have an operating firewall when surfing the
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