Tell me why I should bother. I've been on an "always-on" connection with a static IP for nearly 6 years now, using no firewall, and had no problems. Those of you with firewalls (which seems to be everyone browsing this forum): what have they protected you from other than dozens of those oh-so-dangerous port scans . Educate me. I have had no problems, I don't see why I should bother configuring a firewall to protect me from stuff that doesn't happen to me. I am open to having my mind changed. I used to feel this way about virii, but then I got hit by a couple, and now I'm diligently running AVG (after ditching stupid Norton the Hog), so I'm prepared to eat my words on this one too.