This Help! section includes information and recommendations on firewalls for increased Internet security.
What Firewalls can do for you:
Your computer is vulnerable to attackers in two areas: the file system and through network communications. Antivirus programs are used to guard the file system, while firewalls are used to guard the network communications.
Anti-virus is easy to set-up and use. The default settings wonít hinder
your computers operation; you just need to keep the virus definitions
updated (preferably automatically). With firewalls though, the settings must be customized for your
system. Improperly configured firewalls either provide inadequate
protection, or obstruct legitimate activities. This page will describe how
attackers try to gain access to your computer and how antivirus and
firewalls are used to spoil these attacks.
There are two types of firewalls; software & hardware. While they both provide "firewall" type protection, both types of firewalls are recommended as they work in different ways. Please see the links below for descriptions of how both types of firewalls can protect your system and personal information.
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