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Ethernet or wireless connection? Which one protects better ?

I have the option of connecting to the Internet either with ethernet (using a modem) or wirelessly (using a router). Which one gives better protection from viruses/malwares ? I understand routers have 2 IP addresses and although am not an expert in this field, I am suspecting the router adds firewalls over above Windows firewalls. Pls correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.

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Either Way

In reply to: Ethernet or wireless connection? Which one protects better ?

The purpose of a router is to share the Internet connection. If you only have one PC you don't need a router. Either way, you want a firewall, antivirus, and antispyware/malware software installed.

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Which one gives better protection . . .

In reply to: Ethernet or wireless connection? Which one protects better ?

Neither. They are not designed as such.

A router can have up to a hundred IP addresses, even more if you know what you're doing. A router's design has what is considered to be a hardware firewall. I'll let you do a little Googling for specifics.

For your computer's protection you need to have an Anti-Virus program and one of several anti-malware, -spyware programs running. Including a software firewall. Since you didn't tell us what operating system you are using we cannot comment on the type of Windows firewall you are talking about. There are more than one.

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To Coryphaeus

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Many tks for your explicative reply well noted. I am running Windows XP Home edition on my Toshiba Laptop which came out with Norton antivirus but I did not update Norton when it expired and I am not happy with Norton. I intend to install free AVAST as anti-virus and have installed SpyBot search and destroy for malware. Would you recommend me AVAST ? and do I have to uninstall Norton before installing and running AVAST ? Thanks for your help.

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Avast, AVG . . . I've used AVG for years. Free, potent, and not the resource hog that Norton is. By all means, uninstall Norton first. Then uninstall the Norton updater and anything else in the Add/Remove utility. Then go to Explorer and delete the Norton and Symantec folders. Then install your anti-virus. Also consider AdAware and Windows Defender for XP. Then you'll be good to go.


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In reply to: If it starts with an "A" . . .

thanks. very helpful.

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I took progamming in the earily 70's. I understand binary and card punching. But I'm pretty much lost on these new "puters", no vacume tubes, etc.etc. And what is a Mbps? That is straight from star trek!!

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wired & wireless

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I'm not sure that wired/wireless work differently as far as malware and viruses. Most commonly, these items enter an end-user's system over HTTP protocol on port :80- when you're browsing the web. This works the same with wired/wireless. Home network routers are more useful for using a single ISP connection among multiple computers.

If you're concerned with security, wired is more secure and faster in general. If you use wireless, be sure to read your router's manual on how to properly secure your wireless network. This will prevent your neighbors and others from using your network and potentially downloading malware. Good luck.

Ranjit Viswakumar

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wired or wireless

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thanks. well noted.

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