DSL firewall built in external modem?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by john112, Mar 26, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. john112

    john112 Guest

    I just got dsl from bellsouth, the guy told me that it has a built in firewall somewhere, I guess in the external modem that I got. I am wondering how good is this stuff? I use ME till I can buy another computer and my pc is pretty slow.

    Scott
     
  2. INTOXSICKATED

    INTOXSICKATED Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Posts:
    485
    Location:
    Suburbia Hell
    it's a hardware firewall that you have which offers good protection against inbound attacks. a software firewall will compliment it nicely and offer you more protection against outbound attacks and give you more control over applications running on your computer. you can check out this thread for a list of free firewalls.
     
  3. INTOXSICKATED

    INTOXSICKATED Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Posts:
    485
    Location:
    Suburbia Hell
    you can also check out black viper's site for some tips on speeding up and tweaking windows me.
     
  4. Oleg

    Oleg Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2005
    Posts:
    406
    Location:
    USA
    I got Westell 6100 from bellsouth it's great modem :)
     
  5. Diver

    Diver Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2005
    Posts:
    1,444
    Location:
    Deep Underwater
    The term outbound attacks is rather vague. A software firewall can do various things to improve security. It can maintain a list of applications authorized to communicate over the internet in the hope that if your computer gets infected with a trojan, that somehow was missed by your antivirus program, you will finally know your system is hosed, hopefully before the keylogger in it has time to send your banking log on to someone in Russia. This may consist of simple application controls, or more complex ones that prevent the trojan from impersonating an application that is authorized to communicate.
     
  6. john112

    john112 Guest

    I also have the westell modem from bellsould, I installed Zonealarm free on my pc today and it isn't bad.

    Scott

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  7. no13

    no13 Retired Major Resident Nutcase

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Posts:
    1,327
    Location:
    Wouldn't YOU like to know?
    try the router manual.
    SMC's manual helped me out when I was screwing with the tests @ PCFlank and any s/w firewall config change wouldn't help!
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.