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Re: Do I need a firewall being behind a router?
A router is a firewall. If you have 2 firewalls running it can complicate things with your connection. Software firewalls are pretty much useless and easy to circumvent anyways. Malware and viruses are usually manually installed by the user, and most circumvent software firewalls. Not all anti-virus programs will catch Malware and viruses, and it's a lot harder to go through and circumvent a hardware firewall like a router. My advice would be to just run the routers firewall.
The best way to protect yourself against malware is to have a good antivirus program, and be cautious yourself online (what you download and where you go). You are doing good with Bitdefender. Bitdefender recently came on top with respect to real time antivirus protection from an independent study.
I would just use bitdefender's antivirus, and disable the bitdefender's firewall if you are running a router, but your best protection is your own common sense. Don't completely rely on anti-virus programs. No one anti-virus or malware program gives complete 100% protection.
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