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Im not secure
Andrew Thomas

 10:22 am on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi, Im starting developing websites etc etc, and wish to make my home PC as secure as possible without spending a fortune...

Any ideas on software/firewalls at a decent prices but with good reviews




 2:41 pm on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you currently have no protection, download and install Zone Alarm [zonelabs.com] right now! :) It's received top marks in every review I've seen and the free version will meet your needs for the near term at least.

Andrew Thomas

 2:46 pm on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

thanks!! I will, as i currently have no protection at all..

Andrew Thomas

 2:52 pm on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is ZoneAlarmŽ Pro 3.0 worth purchasing, or are there better products if im paying?


 3:44 pm on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been using Norton products (NAV + Internet Security) for awhile (3 years). First on a DSL connection and now a cable modem. I've had zero viruses/hacks (but a lot of sniffing - all caught) in that time. It's a bit pricey, but worth not having the headaches. If you're looking to host, you may want to look at hardware/software solutions.


 4:07 pm on Mar 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

ZoneAlarm is the best deal (free) and it works great. It's very user-friendly. I have been using it since it was released. Don't remember when...


 10:17 am on Mar 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have two different solutions I would recommend.

1. Zywall 1 swich. it's a 4 port internet swich with a build-in statefull inspection firewall it's around 300 euro (a bit less)

2 "Den personlige Firewall" is a danish developed personal firewall (a bit like zonealarm and Tiny) but with much better security. It's installed as a service and not as an application. This way it's fast and can not be stoped by a trojan, it must be removed from your system and that requires a reboot on your system. This firewall can be seen at callisoft.dk.


 7:00 pm on Mar 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you are not interested in doing file sharing on the system.


If you are interested in file sharing you really should have some sort of firewall. There are many weak points in the security of windows systems. However for some good news for windows 2000 users [securityfriday.com...]


 7:43 pm on Mar 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

Also before you start looking at firewalls, you should look at beefing up your NT and your IIS systems. You can do much and your firewall will not work if you don do these things anyway.

Do a google search on "IIS security" check out CERT recomandations and look at microsoft.com/security and msdn.microsoft. When all this is don come back and lets talk firewalls

Andrew Thomas

 9:06 am on Mar 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok thanks for your recommendations, I'll take your advice...

talk later


 6:20 am on Mar 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> your IIS systems

Sorry it is clear to me now that i missed the point of your question. I have fixed so many lacking business setups that i got suck on "make my home PC as secure as possible" and missed the point.

tiny web [ritlabs.com...] is a small lite weight program which appears to be optimized to use little resources but provide full functionality (I would not use it to host a site which will have heavy use). It allows the IP address to which it is attached to be set. Setting the address to appears to block any remote access (in every test i have run). It also has a cgi-bin directory for perl scripts.

I am to fearful of any none professional microsoft web server to consider them anymore. Professional microsoft webserver means many patches and updates and checking for new updates almost all the time. I don't want to do one but not because they have no value but they are a big target.

I don't know that tinyweb has no hole but they are not a targer at large on the internet.

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