routers and firewalls?

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Dennis, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Dennis

    Dennis Guest

    Hello all,
    I'm running a D-Link DI-524 router on my Win98SE computer connected via a
    D-Link DWL-G120 wireless adapter to my Win XP home computer. It all works
    well with only a few glitches when I first hooked it up, but I have resolved
    most of the issues. I have read various articles stating that a router puts
    up a firewall and I don't need separate firewall programs installed on both
    computers. A friend of mine got his home computer hacked into and he has a
    laptop with wifi, but I don't know if he was using any kind of firewall
    program. We both are connected to the internet via separate cable isp's.
    I'm wondering if I should install firewall software programs on both my
    computers to ensure I don't get hacked, or whether the router is good enough
    to keep them out. I tested my computers on the "Shields Up" web page and
    they tested good with the exception of "ping", which went through on both
    computers. Does anyone know where I can go to get information on routers
    and firewalls, or whether a firewall program is actually needed with a
    router? Thanks

    dc
     
    Dennis, Aug 1, 2004
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  2. Dennis

    Larry Guest

    Yes, a router IS a firewall.

    Most folks use no encription and are EASY targets for hackers. ALWAYS use
    128 bit encription.

    The router is just fine.

    www.Grc.com is where we test all our client's firewalls and connections.
    Just ensure your ports are closed.

    I usually google for various phrases to get information. Try this
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=setup+a+firewall&btnG=Google+Search

    (¯`·._.· £ãrrÿ ·._.·´¯)
     
    Larry, Aug 1, 2004
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  3. Dennis

    Dennis Guest

    Thanks Larry, your information calmed some of my fears about being hacked.
    I checked my system again with 2 different web sites, and the results were
    good. A secure system.
    Dennis ~¿Ö
     
    Dennis, Aug 1, 2004
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  4. Dennis

    Larry Guest

    That's great. Now just be sure to keep your A/V and SpyBot up to date.

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    Larry, Aug 1, 2004
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