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  • Preferred Personal Firewalls - 2011 Member Choice
What is a firewall?
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A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet. If you use a computer at home, the most effective and important first step you can take to help protect your computer is to turn on a firewall.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP SP2 or higher have a firewall built-in and turned on by default.

If you have more than one computer connected in the home, or if you have a small-office network, it is important to protect every computer. You should have a hardware firewall (such as a router) to protect your network, but you should also use a software firewall on each computer to help prevent the spread of a virus in your network if one of the computers becomes infected.

(If your computer is part of a business, school, or other organizational network, you should follow the policy established by the network administrator.)

The Internet is a volatile and unsafe environment when viewed from a computer-security perspective, therefore "firewall" is an excellent metaphor for network security

The results are in for our Software Forum's 2011 Member Choice *Personal Firewall Poll

Taking 1st place with a resounding lead was Router (hardware) w/ Software - once again we see the layered defense security approach still viable and current.
Following with a close 2nd was Windows built-in Firewall, and 3rd - Windows 7 Firewall Controls

*The full list we explored below:

•AtGuard (unsupported)
Avira Premium Security Suite
Defense Wall Personal Firewall
ESET Smart Security Firewall
IPCop (Linux)
Kaspersky Internet Security
•Kerio 2.1.5 (unsupported)
KMyFirewall (Linux - KDE)
Lavasoft Firewall
Little Snitch 2 (Mac)
•Mac OS X Built in Firewall
McAfee Internet Security
Norton PF / Norton Internet Security
NVidia Active Armor
Online Armor
PC Tools
PCX (Linux)
Snort IDS
•Windows 7 Firewall Control
Sunbelt Personal Firewall
•Sygate (unsupported)
•Windows Built in Firewall
Zone Alarm
8 Signs
•Router only
•Router with software firewall

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last modified: 2011-04-05 15:02:04