[Dshield] Firewall Poll...

fkamp@attbi.com fkamp at attbi.com
Sat Mar 30 18:34:05 GMT 2002


A good and welcome reply.

I run a Dachstien LRP box and zonealarm on any WIN32
machines on a small local network.

Is there any one version of Linux that is better than
another regarding security?

I like your 'taking candy from strangers' comment.

Thanks again,
Frank Kamp


Johannes B. Ullrich wrote:
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> > Can anyone out there advise as to the minimum requirements
> > of good protection software?
> 
> Let me take a shot at that:
> 
> The most effective protection (as in 'bang for your buck') is
> to switch off unneeded services (e.g. Windows File Sharing) and
> to obey safe computing practices ('dont take candy (=software)
> from strangers).
> 
> The next thing I would install is a virus checker. It will protect
> you against a lot of the random viruses you get in everydays email.
> 
> Next in line would be a personal firewall. One is enough. I think
> the latest version of ZoneAlarm Pro also includes some privacy
> features.
> 
> If you are very concerned about privacy, you can also use a service
> like 'Anonymizer.com' to browse.
> 
> It realy depends very much on what you want to do. If you want to
> get as close as possible to 'set it and forget it' security,
> get Norton Anti Virus and Zonealarm. If you want to learn what
> TCP/IP, Firewalls and such are all about, get a Linux box.
> 
> With respect to what is more secure: Don't just look at various
> tests and such. Personally, I think a Linux/BSD firewall is probably as
> secure as it gets, IF it is setup right, which is difficult. A standard
> install with ZoneAlarm is probably more secure than a badly maintained
> Linux firewall.
> 
> (Personally: I run Linux as a firewall on a dedicated machine)
> 
> Or is more always better and I
> > just need a faster computer?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Frank Kamp
> >
> >
> > Foo wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >The protection than I run for my puter is:
> > >
> > >     *Norton Personal Firewall     "I also flip back and forth to:"
> > >         *ZoneAlarm Pro (registered)
> > >     *Norton Anti Virus ( I hate McAfee)
> > >     *VisualZone Report Utility (how I found you)
> > >     *Spyblocker (for extra added security)
> > >
> >
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