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Old 08-19-2004, 09:21 PM   #1
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Any input on choosing between using software firewall or router/firewall for cable internet with Win XP
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I use a router firewall. It is very easy to use, just plug and play. And it does a good job for normal users.

However, if you are a hacker and affraid of getting your information on your computer ripped off, then I would highly suggest you go back to dial-up or turn off you computer.

Windows 2000 and above (this includes XP) has a firewall built in, however I haven't been able to share files from my laptop to my desktop when i turn it on. So to me its a pain in the butt.

What is you reason for wanting or using a firewall?
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Thanks, I have XP firewall off, and use a firewall/router, but to keep the computer safest on the net is what I was trying to get a general consensus on. Reading everybodys product, they all state they are the best! What really is?
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Remember firwalls are to stop intruders. Just about any good namebrand is going to provide with a good firewall. The best thing to do is to change admin ID and Password for the firewall itself from the default.

That should be enough for home users. I personally use Linksys, but now I am using Netgear. The signal is better and it is easier to allow access for mmy game server on the Netgear then it was for the Linksys.
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Thanks again, I guess really what I was asking folks was is software less defensive than hardware when it comes to firewalls? Right out I would think that hardware is superior due to it doesn't respond to a "ping", but should one also use sofware(XP)?
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