For about 10 months now I have run quite happily without any Hips program, no real time av and no software Firewall. A few days ago I reloaded Sygate as a test and as a have a paid for version of Prosecurity I began to wonder if that might be better. so 3 options: (1) continue without Hips or software firewall (2) Sygate or OA ? (3) Prosecurity 1.4 (4) Firewall and Hips ? any thoughts ?