[QUOTE=NBR;2002170]just on a side note… if your serious about firewall stuff, your best off getting a router (i would recommend Linksys brand) as it’s a hardware firewall and blocks all incoming connections which means you would not even need a software firewall… only stuff that software firewalls offer over the hardware ones is outbound traffic which if you ask me is rather useless since it dont really offer any real protection… only time it ‘might’ is if you got infected with a trojan type thing that tried to log your keystrokes etc and then send that information out onto the internet… but if you already have a good anti-virus software (i.e. NOD32) then you generally aint got to worry about outbound traffic.
bottom line (if you ask me) = get a router and thats pretty much all you need… cause i just dont think software firewalls (i.e. ZoneAlarm etc) are worth wasting pc resources especially if your already running Windows XP with SP2 which already has a half way decent firewall built into it.[/QUOTE]
That isn’t the bottom line… For better protection the software ZA allows software to go to net or not go to the net…If they get a malware or spyware that is allowed to go to the net then the router is useless if it allows that program to go to the net. With a software based firewall with the router the software will inform you what is trying to get to the net and you the user can choose to let it go or not. I myself have a router and ZA pro firewall why cause the router blocks from coming in and the software blocks coming in as well but it also let me configure all the software I use on my computer to determine what is entitled to go to the net and what shouldn’t cause in the case you get a infection on your computer it will pop up a message and you will know what it is…with a hardware router it’s only for incoming and won’t tell you at that moment what software is trying to do unless you go into its’ functions. Plus router is good as you can configure what port to use and what to block on ports…so people can’t ping your computer. So bottom line is I would have two protection instead of one… One hardware router or wireless router and second a software based firewall that lets me configure what program can access the internet and what shouldn’t go to the internet ie like auto updates on programs that to me waster precious memory and resources…when I can do it manually to check.