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    netgears firewall,should we turn our own software firewall off

    This is a discussion on netgears firewall,should we turn our own software firewall off within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; i`ve just been looking on netgears website and read that they rcommend we turn off our software firewalls(such as norton ...

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      netgears firewall,should we turn our own software firewall off

      i`ve just been looking on netgears website and read that they rcommend we turn off our software firewalls(such as norton or macafee) is their firewall good enough for us to do this ? will it improve connections ? how would we know it is working ok ? why do sky give macafee free if we didn`t need one ?
      so many questions, does anyone have the answers.


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      They Give McAffe free so that they get a commission when you renew the AV subscription, its not something they do out of kindness.

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      Don't turn off your Windows Firewall if you are running XP. You can turn off the McAfee one.

      Test your security at www.grc.com selecting the Shields Up test utility.

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      I have left the router firewall at factory settings and have kept my software firewall running, this hasn't caused me any problems and I don't notice a difference in speed with it on or off.

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      You should have a firewall on your pc to stop bad outgoing traffic like spware and emailers etc. The netgear firewall only stops attacks from the outside, if you get something nasty on your pc you need your own firewall to stop it.

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      You should never turn off your software firewall, if you have one. The DG834GT is a capable router with a reasonable hardware firewall but it isn't a true stateful packet inspection/QoS firewall-router, ergo you shouldn't rely on it (routers "think" they're firewalls but they're not, unless they are. geddit?)

      Windows Firewall is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, but it does control uPnP so you might run into problems if you turn it off. Also SP2 nags you like crazy if you do turn it off, so you might as well leave it on. However relying on it alone would be a grave mistake. Anything is better than Windows Firewall, even that Norton rubbish. The Mcafee personal firewall is ok for a home product, but if you want a real firewall that does the job, use Zone Alarm or BlackIce. The free version of ZA is good enough for most home users.

      But again, don't rely on a firewall alone to protect your computer(s) - you should have a regularly updated antivirus utility. By far the best in my not-insignificant experience is Kaspersky, although Mcafee is an excellent av product. Sadly Mcafee although performing superbly against viruses, doesn't do quite so well against trojans and spyware, whereas Kaspersky catches them all every time. The Kaspersky engine will be the security behind Vista, K sold their technology to Sybari who were then acquired by M$ earlier this year. You can get an integrated personal firewall/AV/spyware suite from Kaspersky and as long as you keep it updated (it auto-updates very few hours) you can at last sleep safely at night knowing that no dorty h4xx0rx are likely to get into your pc.

      Personally I use KAV Pro 6+, ZA Pro 6+, Ad-Aware Pro for weekly manual scans, as well as the DG834GT firewall (with appropriate rules set)

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      Thanks for all your replies and advise , its all a great help. i will leave my PC firewall turned on.
      cheers
      chris

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      I use Norton Internet Security 2006 because it came free for a year with my PC. The subscription expires in December and I said I would never renew it, but I might. It has never give me any problems and I have never had a virus or spyware infection to date. It also correctly identifies threats such as the few files I have downloaded from P2P and got rid of them. I may end up using the Mcafee product Sky sent though.

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      Is it safe to rely on the firewall in the router?

      Just had an interesting chat with a guy who's "in the business". Expressed my concerns about outside firewall running and maybe interfering with Sky. He assured me it would be totally safe to just rely on the one in the router. Is he right?

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      I would still suggest using the Windows firewall or your antivirus one as well as the Netgear built in one.

      Ps whats exchange 01708
      Last edited by Hornet; 02-10-06 at 09:14 PM.

     

     
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