October 6th, 2001, 09:33 PM
A new cable moden, help
Hey I have just got a cable moden hooked up to my computer. What I need to know is what all do i need to do to stop someone from hacking into my computer. Please give details new to this stuff
October 6th, 2001, 09:43 PM
If your not too au fait with the intricacies of network security, my advice would be to stick a software firewall on there asap, a full time internet connection exposes you to a whole bag of worms and something like zone alarm or tiny personal firewall will deter all but the most ardent attacker.
Do a search on google for either of the above to get the url's.
October 6th, 2001, 11:08 PM
If I put on firewall on my system. Will it affect my speed of the cable modum. I tried norton firewall for a few min. and my speed was like having a phone line again. I don't know if it was the firewall or something else causing the slow speeds
October 6th, 2001, 11:13 PM
Nah, if you've a decent pc the performance hit shouldn't be too bad - i've got my modem connected to a 166mhz pc running linux and it runs ok.
October 7th, 2001, 03:19 AM
If you have a home network, I would recommend you spend 100 bucks and get a router.
If it is a stand alone puter, ZoneAlarm at www.zonelabs.com or TPF at www.tinysoftware.com are the most highly recommended.
TPF has advanced features while ZA offers ease of use.
October 9th, 2001, 04:20 AM
Go to zonelabs.com and get zonealarm. I use it, and love it. That should be all you need to do.
If you have a home network, you should invest in a router. You will spend about $100. If you get one, get a Linksys router. It has an excellent firewall, and is relatively easy to manage.
October 11th, 2001, 09:31 AM
Use Win 2k, use 2 nics and do NAT
or Use zonealarm AND some other firewall. i.e tiny personal firewall or blackice defender
October 11th, 2001, 01:48 PM
October 12th, 2001, 06:13 AM
One major point when switching to cable is that your Ip number stays the same (static), which makes you alot more vulnerable to attacks
October 12th, 2001, 09:26 AM
I'm afraid that's simply not the case, i've got a cable modem and it uses dhcp. If i were to have my machine off for more than 4 hours it would get a new ip address - not that i do have my machine off for more than four hours, or at all - i use a linux firewall which stays connected all the time, i bring my dual boot main pc up and down all the time though.