What AV/Firewall do I need with a router?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Mubbers, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    Now I've got a router for my Broadband access what firewall programmes and anti-virus programmes do I need to run on my machines while connected to the net?
     
  2. Enyo

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    The fact you have a router does no affect your requirements for a AV. So stick with whatever you have now, if you dont have one get one, consult the AV Poll for more information.

    In terms of firewalling the PCs on the LAN you may want to continue to run a simple firewall on the workstations to allow you to control applications internet access.

    A broadband (NAT based) router will stop unsolicited incoming traffic but thats it. Anything is allowed out which is why you may want to keep control of what applications can communicate with the internet.
     
  3. Mubbers

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    Cheers :)
     
  4. Johnny

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    My Opinion as far as AV's go is you don't need any. As far as firewalls are concerned you don't need one of those either unless you don't want any information getting. Which case you could do like me and use the free version of Zone Alarm.
     
  5. Tiesto

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    I use Kerio with my Linksys router, NAT blocks some incoming traffic and Kerio blocks the rest. All ports from 1-1056 are stealthed and my box doesnt respond to ICMP's or Ping attempts.
     
  6. Johnny

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    what about 113 ??? Go to www.grc.com, do the shield up and check ...