[FWD: Firewall Guidelines Plus]
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> Internet Security News For End Users, Firewallguide.com, December 12,
> This is our summary of firewall guidelines based, in part, on the last
> two issues of Scot Finnie's Newsletter -- November 25 and December
> 9th, 2002:
> • You should not use two software firewalls at the same time.
> • If you replace your software firewall with a new one, you should do
> a complete uninstall of the old one first. This is true even if the
> firewall is from the same vendor. This does not apply to minor
> upgrades like Norton live update. If the vendor offers a uninstall
> utility, use it rather than the Windows uninstaller utility. For the
> firewall built into Windows XP, turn it off before installing a
> third-party firewall.
> • Using a software firewall with a NAT router works and offers
> greater protection.
> • Using a software firewall with a SPI firewall router is better yet
> unless the two firewalls are incompatible. If you have problems using
> both, you should turn off the firewall features of the router and use
> the software firewall instead. Note: We use both and have not had any
> problems. However, there are too many potential combinations of
> routers and software firewalls to predict which ones will or will not
> work together.
> Internet Spam/Viruses... Getting Worse -- E-Mail Threats Increase
> Sharply, David Legard, PC World, December 12, 2002.
> Anti-Trojans Going Mainstream Slowly -- PestPatrol has been reviewed
> by CNet, Neil Randall, December 6, 2002. This is the second mainstream
> consumer oriented review of an anti-trojan product. PC Magazine was
> first when they reviewed anti-trojan software last spring.
> For Parents
> • This article compares the new kid related services of AOL and MSN8.
> See Web guardians: More help for parents who want better control over
> kids' Internet Use, Cynthia Flash, Seattle Times, December 7, 2002
> • Internet Filters Block Many Useful Sites, Study Finds, John
> Schwartz, New York Times, December 12, 2002
> Smart Shopping -- Symantec product rebates often are limited to one
> copy. Many home users have two or three computers. Here is a solution
> to save $130 on three copies of Norton Internet Security 2003 which
> retails for $70 per copy.
> • First, purchase a CD from Amazon.com, it is $5 after $5 discount
> and two $30 rebates. Save $65. Note: This offer ends in a few weeks.
> • Second, if you already have a copy of Norton Internet Security, you
> can download an upgrade for the 2003 version for $40 from Symantec.
> Save $30.
> • Third, if you are shopping for a router, Linksys is offering a free
> CD copy of NIS03 with any router purchased in the US or Canada after
> September 25, 2002, with 60 days of free updates. A one year update
> subscription is available for $35 from Symantec (save $35). See
> Linksys Signs a Security Deal With Symantec, Paul Roberts, PC World,
> November 26, 2002. To order a CD, go to Linksys.
> If you are shopping for a router, take a look at the Linksys Etherfast
> Cable/DSL Firewall Router BEFSX41, 4-port, VPN, DMZ, SPI, $79 (before
> rebate) at Amazon.com
> • Scot Finnie's Newsletter Top Product, November 25, 2002
> • PC Magazine Editor's Choice, November 19, 2002
> • Practically Networked Recommended, Vikki Lipset, October 17, 2002
> • SmallNetBuilder review, Tim Higgins, August 11, 2002
> Note: If you have or purchase a Linksys router, be sure to upgrade the
> firmware. See Linksys Vulnerabilities Linger, Brett Glass,
> ExtremeTech, December 4, 2002.
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