• Subject: Re: DSL Firewall Question (was List turnaround speed)
  • From: Scott Klement <klemscot@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 17:03:05 -0600 (CST)

I use a FreeBSD machine as a NAT gateway & firewall for my whole LAN.
(yes, at home...  you mean there are people with less than 6 PCs in their
house?)  Despite your comment about "horror stores about the free stuff"
FreeBSD is free and is infinitely more secure than ANYTHING running on
Windows.  OpenBSD is probably even more secure, yet.

You need to also remember that a firewall does not make ANYTHING more
secure, it merely blocks access to/from the internet.   If you have an
insecure program that's able to send packets to/from the internet,
the firewall is not protecting you.   

And every program is insecure to one degree or another.

On Thu, 11 Jan 2001 MacWheel99@aol.com wrote:

> DSL is coming to my community real soon & I have been looking at personal 
> firewall alternatives - currently leaning towards Norton because I have their 
> protection for Virus & use for other stuff & I not see anything comparably 
> priced that seems better & I have seen enough horror stories about the free 
> stuff to steer away from it.
> Is your DSL to work or home?
> Did you get a personal fire wall to use with always connected to the internet 
> DSL,  what did you get, were you happy with it?
> >  From:    jlcrosby@fwi.com (Jeff Crosby)
> >  
> >  "Shaw, David" wrote:
> >   
> >  > I just got DSL at home (BellSouth).  It's interesting that it became
> >  > available within about 2 weeks of the time that cable access became
> >  > available (Charter Communications).  Funny what a little competition will
> >  > do.
> >  
> >  Can't get Verizon DSL out where I live.  I must be too far in the
> >  boonies (3 miles from city limits).  I'm getting Comcast @home
> >  installed.
> >   
> >  > BTW, I'm very pleased with my connection - consistently reports 1,472,000
> >  > inbound, 256k outbound.  I'm happy. :)
> >  
> >  Ooooo.  Sounds good!
> >  
> >  -- 
> >  -Jeff
> MacWheel99@aol.com (Alister Wm Macintyre) (Al Mac)

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