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Please define what you think a firewall is.
It's all about definition. But many have a router and that is a basic firewall.
My thinking of a firewall is something that prevents hackers from intruding into your connection or computer (e.g. connecting to your laptop via wireless), and controls inbound and outbound connections.
We've had this discussion before.
Ahh, it's you. Why the new discussion?
Oh, did we? Sorry about it then...
Somehow all my tracked discussions of last year disappeared, and found it hard to find it through forum search.
But did I ask about the broadband question before?
Yes, we had a long discussion about firewalls.
What's happened to make you ask?
Partly about rumours, also...
I feel I do not want to make the wrong choice by getting a software firewall. Been looking for one when got suggested to get a router instead.
Can't seem to find ZoneAlarm Pro in stores, so maybe that's part of the problem too.
Why won't ZA the free version do the job?
What I'm looking for also is
wireless and gamer mode. These 2 cannpot be found in ZoneAlarm Free at all.
Oops, not gamer mode, sorry.
ZA free works just fine here. Why would I need these?
covers only the basic firewall functions. Wireless is because I once had an alert from Trend Micro IS 2007 that someone was trying to connect to my wireless.
That TMIS2007 case I mentioned was early last year.
It just happened when I was in a public Wi-Fi zone.
Now that's just marketing.
Next thing you will tell me is that wireless is somehow different when we talk about networking. I fear the marketing people have corrupted you.
Don't get me wrong. I was influenced by the non-marketing people: the users.
OK, I'm game.
Tell me what this wifi feature is doing for me.
I don't get what you mean Proffitt. Can elaborate?
Sell me why I would want this feature.
You've been dancing all around this. Tell me what it does.
protects one's wireless connection from hackers who can insert malware into the computer or laptop. I believe this kind of protection alerts the user of something connecting to his/her PC's wireless connection, allowing him/her to allow or block that connection (or informs you it had blocked the connection).
I hate it when someone I don't know connects to my laptop's wireless connection and use it. As I said it happened once before.
My system. . .
Two laptops, three desktops, wireless N and Gigabit LAN, all running XP Pro behind my D-link Gigabit/wireless N router. Firewall in place is XP only. I got tired of jacking with Zone Alarm. Have had zero intrusions or problems.
The problem with router is
I do not have enough budget to get some of them. Besides can't find a good portable one. Maybe I'll consider it if I happen to go overseas for a couple of months.
Gonna try out Online Armor Firewall if I still can't find the ZoneAlarm Pro I wanted.
"protects one's wireless connection from hackers who can insert malware into the computer or laptop. I believe this kind of protection alerts the user of something connecting to his/her PC's wireless connection, allowing him/her to allow or block that connection (or informs you it had blocked the connection).
I hate it when someone I don't know connects to my laptop's wireless connection and use it. As I said it happened once before."
This is a sham. If you turned off the firewall before why would this help you here?
There is no wifi feature here that I would pay for since the stock firewall will block such being wifi or other.
All this back and forth and you've yet to offer a reason to buy this.
Totally strayed off the main topic here. Read all of my post and realized it.
Back to the main topic, I hear that the broadband I have is actually a broadband firewall.
Now to the "firewall" thing, I guess I feel having an antivirus isn't safe enough for surfing in public and school campus networks. All the more I was looking for a software, or a router.
My bad. The firewall thing is totally off-topic, and may not be discussed in this forum. Or is it?
The firewall thing is not off topic.
If there is a router in that cable modem or between you and the cable modem you have a basic firewall.
The BIG issue with firewalls is there is no standard definition. So to begin a discussion about it you must tell me what your specs are for said firewall.
Do that first!
RE: Broadband: No firewall?
You said: "I hate it when someone I don't know connects to my laptop's wireless connection and use it. As I said it happened once before."
To me, it sounds like you don't have your network secured. By Secured, I mean that you can add a password to your router that must be entered in order to connect to the Internet on your connection,
The firewall, is specific to your PC and/or routers to stop hackers (people to steal info / do harm to your PC)
Does this help a bit?