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I'm uncertain if anyone is even interested in this and, well, if not, you probably should be. I've been getting a LOT of questions asked about net security and such these past few weeks (not just from this community). If you have not already done so, the easiest most efficient way of getting "some" security on your computer is to simply go download the free version of ZoneAlarm, a personal firewall for PC users. Not sure what to suggest for MAC people.<br><br><br><br>
It's simple to use and it works well. I think most folks would be surprised by the amount of other computers probing your computer for vulnerabilities. With XP released yesterday to the general public, I know I've had several hundred alerts in less than 24 hours.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway... you can learn all about it <a href="http://www.zonealarm.com" target="_blank">http://www.zonealarm.com</a><br><br><br><br>
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I'll second that - simple, easy, effective and <b>free</b>. I installed zonealarm last spring. It's been a real eyeopener.
 

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Also 'Tiny Personal Firewall'. Good. Free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't buy **** online, I don't have any "top secret" **** on my computer...why should I get zonealarm or any other thing like it? what does it mean when someone "probes" my computer? does this have anything to do with cookies?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kreeli</i><br><br><b>I don't buy **** online, I don't have any "top secret" **** on my computer...why should I get zonealarm or any other thing like it? what does it mean when someone "probes" my computer? does this have anything to do with cookies?</b></div>
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Kreeli, the purpose of a personal firewall is basically to keep intruders out of your computer. Some less-than-moral people will probe computers at random to find vulnerabilities (open ports) that they can exploit via Trojan Horse viruses. If they were successful in getting a trojan onto your computer, these trojans can do everything from assiting the "hacker" in using your computer in a Denial of Service (dDOS) attack against another user or website, record all your keystrokes to gain any personal information stored on your system such as Social Security Number, banking information, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Remember when big sites like Amazon and Yahoo were attacked and shut down not that long ago? That was a DOS attack on those sites.<br><br><br><br>
As mentioned, if you ask anyone who has ZoneAlarm installed, they can verify just how many others are probing their computers for open ports and vulnerabilities. It's pretty amazing.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by I r produce</i><br><br><b>*glares at robert*</b></div>
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uh oh, bad vibes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">, why is Ir produce glaring at Robert?
 

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majake thinks IRP is a hacker who does not appreciate robert educating the public against her.<br><br><br><br>
<edit for lack of education>
 

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kerouac would be greatly impressed if Ir produce hacked only using html <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> then kerouac would feel inferior to Ir produce.
 

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Before installing personal firewalls, doesn't anyone first unbind all the protocols to their dial-in hardware adapter (or dsl hardware adapter or cable hardware adapter), that aren't needed for the internet? Only TCP/IP is needed, and used, for the internet (generally). But Windows 95 and 98 automatically bind NetBeui and IPX/SPX protocols to the dial-up adapter (or dsl or cable adapter). Plus Windows binds all 3 of these protocols to the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks <b>services</b>. File and Printer Sharing services will then be available over the internet -- something you don't want. You generally only want F&P sharing services available if you are running a local network, either peer-to-peer or client-server. So you should bind these services only to the TCP/IP protocol, and other protocols, that you have bound to your <b>local Network Interface Card hardware adpater.</b>. If you don't have a NIC, you can completely remove from operation, most of the hardware adapters, protocols, clients, and services, that windows automatically sets up for you.<br><br><br><br>
You can go to Control Panel / Network and look at the Properties for various hardware adapters, protocols, clients, and services, and start unchecking the check-boxes that bind things to things, where you <b>don't need binding</b>. And Remove those you don't need. Tho some will be become removed automatically (eventually) if they aren't bound to anything. You can always add them back if you really need them. Just click the Add button. This assumes you have made notes of everything you un-bound, or removed, before unbinding or removing -- so you know what to add back again to return you sys to the way it was.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by I r produce</i><br><br><b>Also 'Tiny Personal Firewall'. Good. Free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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Ir, yes, I agree 100% that "Tiny Personal Firewall" is another exceptionally good, free personal firewall product. I initially suggested ZoneAlarm since I personally found it to be the most user-friendly in terms of installation.
 

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If someone has a fairly serious topic going let's try to limit posts that may detract from that topic. If someone is looking for information they may get tired of reading everything before they get to the information they need or they just might miss it.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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so i get all paranoid and go to dl zone alarm, when i read that it's for cable or dsl connections. i'm using dial up. i don't need it, then?
 

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Kreeli, it's primarily designed for Static connection (DSl or Cable), but can be used very effectively for dial up accounts. BUT, I have heard of some folks having connection problems and such who use dialup, such as getting booted off their AOL connection.<br><br><br><br>
I use DSL myself and cannot give you a definite answer one way or the other if it will cause you any grief or not.<br><br><br><br>
But, as an aside... no one needs a firewall if they practice safe computing (never open executables in emails, scan everything you download, etc.). Your data and personal info cannot be leaked unless you let it.<br><br><br><br>
A good idea might be to just email the folks over at ZA and ask. I do have a friend locally who uses dialup and he has encountered no problems with it at all.
 
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