you need a Firewall at Home?
What has this world come to?
Not only do you need to lock your doors and windows to avoid a
break-in at home, you now have to lock your computer?
There are many products on the market to protect an individual pc
that connects to the internet via modem, DSL, or cable. But do you really need one?
If you use a dial up service and
connect for an hour or so and disconnect, the chances of a hacker
finding your pc and causing damage is fairly slim.
On the other hand, if you have a broadband connection with a
static IP address and leave your pc on most of the time, the chances
Personal firewalls are made by many
companies. The most popular
products are BlackICE™ PC
a free product called Zone Alarm, www.zonealarm.com;
Norton Personal Firewall 2002 or Norton Internet Security 2002, www.symantec.com;
and the recent PC Magazine Editor’s Choice winner: Sygate Personal
products defend against a variety of threats including intrusion, port
scans, Trojan horses, and worms. Some
guard against spyware and feature Ad blocking and cookie control.
Some will back-trace the suspicious events being recorded.
Others permit you to control what applications may access the
internet. Most maintain one
or more logs about security events.
When an attempted breach occurs, there is either a pop up window
or the icon in the system tray will start flashing, and one of the
products mentioned will send out an email.
These products are cheap. Why
take the chance?