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A firewall is still recommended, even if you use a broadband router. Most broadband routers provide a form of Firewall protection from unwanted incoming traffic through the very mechanism it uses to share the internet connection. However, most do not contain a "traditional" firewall and do not block any outgoing traffic. This still makes you vulnerable to trojan or malicious "phone home" programs.

Road Runner offers an free software Firewall: EZ Armor Security.

Q: Are there any free Firewalls?

Yes. There are several effective firewalls on the internet.

Recommended free firewalls:
Zone Alarm
Tiny Personal Firewall
Kerio Personal Firewall

Kerio and Tiny support Forums can be found here.

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by drake See Profile
last modified: 2005-10-15 00:21:35