• Subject: RE: DSL Firewall Question (was List turnaround speed)
  • From: "Mark A. Manske" <mmanske@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 16:06:03 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

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----Original Message-----
From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
[mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of rob@dekko.com
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 3:45 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Re: DSL Firewall Question (was List turnaround speed)



I have a question.  Why would he now need a firewall at his home versus
when he had a modem connection?  Or should he have had one then?  If that
is the case should anyone who hooks up to the internet; personal or
business, modem or otherwise, have a firewall?
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IMHO

THIS is logical, cable, DSL, or satellite internet connection needs to have
a firewall - IF you have a static IP address (which in most cases you do)

The reason you need the firewall is because now you have a static IP address
on the internet for the "hackers" to find you, and do as they please -

I have been to some security seminars, it is really scary what can happen -
dial up is vulnerable, but if you are only on for an hour here and there,
you
also get a new IP address each time (usually) when you connect to your ISP,
thus a hacker has a smaller window of opportunity to find your PC and all
the
exposed "features" in M$, UNIX, Linux, DOS, MAC, and OS2.

Even dial up can become dangerous if say you download a large file over
night
while most hackers are doing their damage, so you leave it turned on to get
that
50 Mb file, you are then exposed, and could wake up to a dead PC with
nothing
left on it, or some really nasty Trojan horses, worms, or other assorted
bugs
that you really do not want.

All in all, if you are on-line, you should be protected.

Mark A. Manske
[mailto:mmanske@minter-weisman.com]
Sr. Project Lead
Minter-Weisman

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