Software Firewall

A Software Firewall is a necessary component of a secure Home Computer. Think of a firewall as a security guard within your computer. I highly suggest that you read, Install and Use a Firewall Program. from the Carnegie Mellon University, Internet security Coordination Center (CERT/CC).

For Microsoft Windows users, I recommend using a Software Firewall called Sygate Personal Firewall. Unfortunately, Symantec purchased Sygate and discontinued the product. I believe the saying is, “If you can’t beat em, buy em”. Luckily, you can still download the product from tucows.

Sygate Personal Firewall

Once the software is installed, you will have full control over communications coming in and more importantly, communications going out. Computer Worm and Trojan Horse programs will often times attempt to communicate with the outside world. A Software Firewall like Sygate Personal Firewall will warn you when it happens.

Once you have installed the software, please discuss your Software Firewall experience.


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