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Dark Maul

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#1 13 years ago

I am going to purchasing a Dell Precision M70 Laptop soon, and I will be using on-campus wireless internet a lot. One of my friends told me that I should buy this portable firewall. Is that portable firewall any better than a normal software firewall, like Norton personal firewall?




Kilobyte

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#2 13 years ago

It is a LOT better.

Any attacks on your computer will only get the Kensington Personal Firewall USB Key. They will not be able to easily attack your computer.

Any attacks on Norton Personal Firewall are direct Attacks against your PC. If any get through, it/they/the attacker can cause serious damage. A successful attack against a Firewall usually ends in frustration, since there is still a computer to get into.

I recommend using both.




Μαjïç MushrøøM

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#3 13 years ago

Even for $50, I would personally say that that amount of protection (assuming that it is reliable) in just a small USB device would be well worth it.




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#4 13 years ago

It is my understanding that hardware firewalls are much better than software firewalls because they are much more difficult to hack and breakthrough.

That little device is the smallest hardware firewall I have seen to date. Kensington usually makes good stuff too.




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#5 13 years ago

Your average hardware firewall isn't that great - they usually only filter packets based on source, destination and type. That said, they are good first line of defence because it stops the crap at the border - definitely worth having to keep the PC's workload down. Software firewalls are good because they filter packets and software activity, alerting you to odd behaviour. I would go for both hardware and software.

It should be noted that neither type will stop a serious attempt to hack your PC. They don't pick up on spoofed attacks and various well known vulnerabilities in the PC's software which hackers exploit. Really good firewalls statefully inspect connections for all sorts of known vulnerabilities, but they are expensive and complicated.




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#6 13 years ago

One last question: If i buy this, does it mean that every time I use my laptop in a wireless area I have to plug this in? Thanks for all your help!




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#7 13 years ago

Yeah, I think you have to keep it plugged in while your using it too, just make sure no one can take it;)




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#8 13 years ago

Norton Well Better




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#9 13 years ago

hehe i say shut down any ports u do not use/ uncommon ones or jsut put Deep Freeze on it eheh(Deep Freeze Overckill) o well well most WiFi links hae a basic fire wall fermware in them but if not jsut use a encripted link an make shore pasword protect ur computer an conect to a proper WiFi link(dubble check) or put your computer un a diff subnet