Protection with Firewalls Virus Software and Spyware
experts will tell you that you need three things to protect your
computer from hackers. You will first need a virus scanner to
locate and remove viruses from your hard drive and email. Grisoft
makes a virus scanner that works well (AVG free version). You will
also need a program to scan your hard drive for spyware including
Trojans and Keyloggers.
The third thing
you need is a good firewall. Windows XP comes with a built in
firewall, but most experts argue that this firewall is not
sufficient. A couple popular firewalls are Grisoft and Zone Labs.
Grisoft bundles their firewall with their virus scanner for $50 per
year. Zone Labs will sell you their suite of security products for
$40. The basic Zone Alarm firewall is free. I have used both and
run into problems with both.
Our systems are
networked and the firewall runs on the server. We were unable to
run some of our specialty programs from behind the ZoneAlarm
firewall unless we took the security slider level all the way down.
This made the firewall useless. The AVG firewall just quit working
one day and none of our systems could access the Internet.
McAfee offers a
firewall for $30. Symantec also offers a firewall for $50. There
is a long list of other available firewalls at download.com.
Download will offer you Pros and Cons for the products. Some of the
smaller-name firewalls have comments like “locked up my system”.
These are the things you don’t want to see.
Since we had a
problem with the AVG firewall today we are considering switching to
a new one. We have tried the Zone Alarm product. It
works great. Unlike the Grisoft AVG firewall, when we told the
program the trusted network computers IP address range it let all of
our network traffic pass.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
Keywords and misspellings: fire-wall fire
wall free best buy online zone-alarm zone alarm xone key loggers
key-loggers spy-ware security sicurity