Friday, July 11, 2003

Security: Understanding Firewalls

There are literally hundreds of firewall products available, and there are different theories from different security experts on how firewalls should be used to secure your network. This article will explore the operation of a generic firewall in detail, outline the important features you need in a firewall, and discuss how firewalls should be deployed in networks of any size.

Its hard explaining to normal average computer users why they should be installing firewalls on thier home computers. Even people who are moderately aware of how computers and the internet work. I help a lot of people setup computers. Heck, I have friends all the way in Pakistan messaging me about problems that they are having with thier computers. And I live in the US. They look at you with the look that says, "Who would wanna hack my computer?". Sometimes installing Zonealarm and showing them the amount of people that try to connect to their computer through Zone Alarm popups help. However, with the article in the post below, it should be easier to explain to someone why they should be installing Firewall software on thier home computers.

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...