3rd party firewalls

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Offline andrews

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3rd party firewalls
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:02:15 PM »
Hello again SWH,

  I am also looking into the possibility of installing a 3rd party firewall, as this was listed as an important security step by the experts that I was rec to read by your staff.  Windows firewall not stopping anything outbound and being written to the registry does not sound good.  One question that I have about this is whether the free programs not being automatically updated is a concern?  I'm not sure what updates these programs require, so I don't know if this is problem.  What would be the worst case scenario if the program got out of date?  Thanks again,

Andy

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Re: 3rd party firewalls
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 08:16:21 PM »
If it is a pure firewall on not a security suite, there is not much danger of it not being updated daily. But you should still update it once a week or every other week.

The danger lies in finding a hole in the firewall. In a perfect world, the OS and Firewall would not have any holes. But unfortunately both are written by humans. Both can have holes. If you stay on top of the updates, then there should not be any problem at all. Windows updates monthly, so as long as the firewall is updated more often, it will protect you .

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Re: 3rd party firewalls
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 08:11:03 AM »
And running a program like FileHippo will detect when these are needed as well?  Hoepfully so, because manually keeping on top of each separate piece of software that I have is something that I may let slide at times.  Thanks,

Andy

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Re: 3rd party firewalls
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 08:23:51 AM »
FileHippo should tell you when updates are needed.

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