Re: What would you tell someone new to computers in relation to how to securing it

From: Tim S. Knight (
Date: 02/14/04

Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 23:46:39 -0000

NeoSadist <> wrote in

>> And, in case you didn't know it, a Router does not have to provide
>> NAT as you seem to understand it.
> NAT is network address translation. It's not even a firewall IMO,
> although it is considered one. All it does is translate and route
> information from the outside to the LAN, all the while hiding the
> private IP's it's routing to. NAT MUST take place for traffic to work
> properly behind it, or else a router without NAT might as well be
> called a switch or a hub.

No, it doesn't. There are thousands of routers out there that do nothing
but take an incoming packet, decrement the TTL, do a routing table lookup
and send it out the outgoing interface.