Re: to PFW or not to PFW
- From: "Wayne" <wayne@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 09:15:44 +1000
"JIP" <JIP@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> As a non-techie I am confused. Whilst lurking in this and related groups I
> see a debate that goes on as to whether there is any point in using PFWs,
> in particular to monitor outgoing traffic. Some say it's essential (as do
> most magazines, and of course all companies marketing such products) and
> others say that they are so easily circumvented that it's a waste of
> time - and if I understand correctly, some even say that they actually
> open up further vulnerabilities.
> So, what may be a naive question - is there any point in using a PFW to at
> least stop badly written nasties from kiddy vandals who haven't learned
> yet how to do it properly?
Depends on a few factors:
1. Operating System and patch level, if you're running XP make sure it's sp2
and fully patched, turning on AutoUpdate is the easiest way to keep it
current. Use the built in Windows Firewall. If you're concerned, turn on the
logging and look at the c:\windows\pfirewall.log.
2. Numbers of users and their level. Do you have kids? Do they logon as a
user or as an administrator? Users can't install too many programs or modify
the os too much. Kids tend to click on anything that says "install this to
play this game" online, keep them as users.
3. Run an antispyware program. Microsoft's AntiSpyWare is free and it works
4. Run an antivirus application, a good free one is AVG
finally, read the articles below
- Re: Windows Firewall any good?
... Operating System and patch level, if you're running XP make sure it's sp2 ... Kids tend to click on anything that says "install this to ... Run an antispyware program. ...
- Re: XP child-proofing ?
... That is a bad situation if they want the kids to be able to install and run ... and upstairs the kids' PC ... parents are admins, ... (requiring admin rights). ...
- Re: how can I prevent my kids from viewing adult sites on the net
... y dont u install a spysoftware on your computer that records alll the ... your kids r typing in search bars and monitor them. ... > or the browser of your choice, ...
- Re: too many users??
... click the update button above start and download the ... Next - download and install a outbound port stopper firewall. ... the background as a blocker for spyware, adware, axtiveX, cookies. ... Many of the games my stop, the malware will stop, and the programs the kids ...
- Re: Help with setting up Kids computer for internet
... Best thing to do is to get a third party program like Net Nanny and set it ... install anti-virus and keep it updated. ... > worried about what my kids will find out there on the net. ... > accounts (so I can update virus scans and updates and the likes)? ...