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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 network. 

Firewalls block Hackers and other outside users from getting into your computer, just as physical walls prevent fires from spreading from one area to another.


  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 other computers.

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 relatively inexpensive.

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 WORLD™ and PC Magazine™ are very reliable places to look. Check out three or four reviews and select the firewall software with the highest ratings.

Recommended firewall software programs that appear at the top of more than one review should be reasonably safe programs to try. Read more on Firewalls and Virus Protection.

Just be sure you have an operating firewall when surfing the Internet.
                                                                                  ... Richard
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