<snip from John Taylor> Here are the answers to your question about why you should run a personal firewall: https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 <end snip> John, thanks for the tip. The server at the above site correctly detected the IP address of my IDSL router, and the router's open TELNET port. If anyone has not yet disabled their router's TELNET server, or at least changed the default password, then NOW is a good time to do so. My IDSL router uses NAT (network address translation) to shield the private IP addresses I use internally from the internet. It also has an option to block NETBIOS. Since I do block NETBIOS at the router level, the utility at the above site considered my network more secure than most. But my question is how much firewall is good enough. For example, I was impressed with the demo at www.sonicwall.com, but unsure of whether I would benefit from the features. +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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