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Yes. Because you can. A scripted attack aimed at stopping the firewall might be thwarted this way. With password authentication set, you will be prompted for your password before you can stop the firewall. A scripted exploit couldn't anticipate even a trivial password, so even with a stand alone one user install, a password protecting firewall is highly advantageous.

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last modified: 2007-05-08 12:13:42