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    Talking XP Personal Firewall

    Does someone knows the real potential of the personal firewall of Windows XP?

    For a 6 PC's LAN (small office), am i protected enough or should i install another bigger firewall?

    Thanks.

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    Personally, I would feel better having a hardware firewall in your situation. It would be far easire to manage 1 hardware firewall as opposed to 6 personal Firewalls.

    Also, personally, I would feel secure relying on a hardware firewall as the main security mechanism between my business and the dangers of the Internet.

    I could recommend somthing like ipchains/iptables as a hardware firewall. Cheap and easy to configure, or SmoothWall, another freebie with a pre-hardened platform and a nice GUI. FYI, I posted a link a few weeks ago regarding smoothwall.

    Good luck!!
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    I agree, and if you don't get a hardware firewall, I'd at least get tpf (tiny personal firewall) because all I've heard about microsoft...that they might be hand in hand with the government (like having a log file tracking all of your internet history), I'm just paranoid....not that I did anything illegial but it just helps me sleep better and gives me a sense of security.

    Also consider to get an inexpensive router which gives you NAT protection...plus you could install a firewall at each computer if you're REALLY into security...like me

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    I've herd nothing but bad things about the built in fire wall for xp. Apparently it doesn’t even block out going connections because that would interfere with Microsoft’s spy-ware. NAT and a hardware firewall would be nice but if you don't want to spend any money tiny is a great start. It’s way better then the junk firewall that comes with xp plus its free.
    Its not software piracy. I’m just making multiple off site backups.

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    really can't say much about it. i know plenty of people with xp but i don't know anyone usings its firewall. that about says it all i don't think it would be a real good idea to depend on microsoft for security.
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    XP's firewall blocks incoming only. It does nothing for outgoing. As far as the firewall goes, it'll pass pcflank, sygate, and any other test involving incoming attempts. As a firewall, it is barely adequate. I have it disabled and use a real one.

    It won't warn you of attempts to breach the system, unless you happen to check the activity log screen from time to time. I kind of like to know when something is happening so I can take whatever appropriate measures are needed.

    I won't go as far as to say it's junk, as cwk9 did, but I sure won't disagree either. I guess, for people who don't have any security consciousness, it's slightly, very slightly, better than nothing.

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    Thank you guys,

    If you say that XP personal firewall is not a good aoption then i was lucky for not being "hacked" for a whole year. I'll search and choose one of the many firewalls you're telling me to use. And you must be right when say that Microsoft may has a "secret" to use with his own XP firewall, yeah, it's a good point to take care of.

    -DaRK-RaiDeR-

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    A couple of sites I know for free firewalls are
    http://www.agnitum.com
    http://www.sygate.com

    At both, the free firewalls are the same as the pay versions, with a few toys disabled. If you're on a network, agnitum's outpost doesn't support ICS sharing yet.

    Another option is to go to http://www.webattack.com/freeware/freeware.html and click on firewalls. There are several freeware versions there and all are good. Hope this helps.

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    Guys,

    OK, talking with my partners we have decided to buy a hardware firewall. Could you tell me a good brand in which i could trust?
    Please, remember i will use it for a long, long time. Give me a really good one please...

    Thanks,

    -DaRK-RaiDeR-

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    Well, it all depends on your budget.

    Do you want a freebie?
    Do you want a Server, or an Appliance?
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