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Firewalls , How Many Is Enough?

How many firewalls does one computer need?

I am asked that question many times when seeing some people's setup.

I have seen setup's with:

  • Windows Firewall
  • Antivirus Firewall ( The big antivirus packages usually have a firewall solution as well )
  • Software Firewall ( usually Zonealarm , or Comodo )
  • Hardware Firewall ( Your Router )

This really is overkill and can result and does result in a dramatic slowdown of your system.

Your router is the best firewall ( making sure plug n play is turned off ) and along with the Windows Firewall is more than sufficient.


Microsoft Security Essentials - The Free Antivirus Software I Recommend

I am always asked which antivirus software I recommend.

The free one I recommend is Microsoft Security Essentials available from Microsoft.

Microsoft claim that it " provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs."

Having used it and installed it on many clients computers I can corroborate these claims.

So who would switch to this and why.

Well if you run one of the alternative free software antivirus ( AVG , Comodo ) you should look at swapping because this solution fits well within the Windows environment because let's be honest here , nobody knows Windows better than Microsoft.

Remember also that virus's and malware are written to exploit holes in the Windows Operating system and that is why you need to update your operating system with Windows Update.

After installation you will have the following displayed on the bottom right hand side of your computer screen.

Notice the green " castle" with the tick in it .

That means all is good , so all you ever have to remember is, green is good"

If it is orange then it wants you to do something ( usually a quick scan ) and if it is red it can mean an issue.

If Microsoft Security Essentials finds a virus then you will get a warning and an instruction on the screen as to what you should do with it.