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Originally posted by cleggy
dont think it would slow your connection down, they just might conflict with each other, i use zone alarm pro at it works fine for me
Originally posted by Nerdling
Won't really slow them down but 2 is rather unneccessary, if you have a 1 good firewall you won't need 2, many of them are based on each other anyway.
Stick with Sygate personal firewall and Symantec Corporate virus scanner and you'll be fine.
Originally posted by mOjOm
Hardware Routers are good simply because they do not require system resources to be taken up. They aren't the most flexible devices most the time and can include some protocol limitations and stuff like that. But they do make for a decent and cheap security shield that can take a good beating and keep going.
Software firewalls will vary on how good they perform and the types of alert/logging/tracking features. The more advanced it gets the more resources it's gonna take. Having two of them at the same time is only going to cause problems so just find one good one and set it up correctly.
If you're really concerned about network security, then stop using MS. Lean the TCP/IP Protocol Suite. Lean about Networking Hardware. Learn how networking actually works ie: OSI, Routing, Cabling, Packet Structure, Tunneling, Broadcast, Server/Client Handshaking, etc.
Or you could just use your PC for entertainment and not worry about it so much!
Originally posted by ZeddicusZulZorander
Good post! True...most software firewalls will slow your system down plenty. Router is a great way to go.
Originally posted by Satyr
A router is helpful, but not a true firewall. I know a few people who can hack right through most NAT routers as if they didn't even exist. Of course, for those hackers, ZA is no challenge either. But ZA, used in conjunction with a router firewall, is better. I don't have any problem with ZA slowing down anything.