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    Firewall at home

    What firewalls are people running at home these days, preferably freeware.

    I was using zonalarm until recently, but due to its seeming inability to be able to open specific ports with the free version I have ditched it. I currently have no firewall running as I'm behind a netgear router anyway, but just wondered what the techy community are up to?

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    I was using free ZoneAlarm, then switched to F-Secure as I got it free at BETT. I hated it and it kept randomly crashing so I've installed Kaspersky Internet Security - under special offer at the moment - I got it for just over a tenner and I'm very pleased with it.

    Best deal I can find at the moment though is this one with Eclipse:

    http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/prod...e=SWK-INTSEC73

    It's for a three user licence OEM.

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    I'm running a FireBrick back at home. (http://www.firebrick.co.uk/) I managed to get it free when they first came out, forget how now. I've kept the firmware up-to-date and it has never let me down!

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    Tried many firewalls over the years, from the bloated Norton IS, to the easy-to-hack older versions of ZoneAlarm. Kaspersky seems to be the best though. I recommended it to my dad and he loves it, and i know a dude who works for them and they seem to be really on the ball. Kaspersky gets my thumbs up.

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    Am currently using comodo firewall, seems ok, and ofc it is free

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    Nothing, and no AV. Bring it on I say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Nothing, and no AV. Bring it on I say.
    brave man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Nothing, and no AV. Bring it on I say.
    You're probably running ubuntu then as I am on some of my boxes?

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    My router works as a firewall to the network (A WRT54GL with custom firmware). I have no AV/Firewall on my desktop PCs. My Linux PC doesn't need it and my Wintendo PC doesn't have anything important on it (I just reimage it when it breaks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    (I just reimage it when it breaks)
    Very geeky! ;-)

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    Just sat behind a Smoothwall Community box with ClamAV here. No software firewall or AV atm as my PC is too slow as it is, never mind with an AV on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    You're probably running ubuntu then as I am on some of my boxes?
    On a Tosh Laptop - [ which Dual boots with XP - that has the DVD burner ], also have 2 other XP boxes - one acting as a gateway, the other a PC which holds stuff like my sons schools website stuff. That has a another XP VMware PC which I use for my scripts and programs etc.
    All are linked to my IBM 2003 server, - [ which has 2008 on another partition ], everything can then talk to my two Freenas boxes which Rsync to each other.
    There is a PC in each of the kids bedrooms [ wireless ] and one downstairs which the missus uses [ wireless ], then an old IPAQ which I use.

    One thing I am lacking is a gigabit switch and a UPS. I need a UPS as its a nightware when the power goes off like last week when I was having a new alarm fitted.....

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    I've got an APC rackmount jobby that's powering my servers and my core switch (cisco 2924-EN-XL ).

    The only thing is that if the power goes out it gracefully shuts down the windows server (because it has a serial lead connected to it) but the FreeBSD server has a nasty powercut-shutdown.

    I've not got round to getting the windows box to remotely shutdown the freebsd box using the apc software.

    It's on my list of things to do, as is gigabit tbh.

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    I just use the standard XP SP2 firewall behind a NAT router. I also run Sophos AV and never have any problems.

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    2 mac's here but use ClamXav

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