Which firewall should I choose?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by gracie123, Jul 15, 2007.

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  1. gracie123

    gracie123 Registered Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    I am going on a trip soon out of state and I want to take my laptop with me. However, being that at home I am behind a router I do not feel the need to have a software firewall but I plan to connect via the Wi-Fi at the hotel I'll be staying at.

    By doing so, I think I would need a software firewall. Is this correct? If so, could someone recommend me one? I've used Outpost and ZoneAlarm but I really want opinions on which firewall out there I should get for connecting via Wi-Fi at a hotel and if possible, a guide on helping set it up for max security not just out of the box settings unless they're safe enough :).

    Thank you,

  2. ThunderZ

    ThunderZ Registered Member

    May 1, 2006
    North central Ohio, U.S.A.
    Just my .02. Sounds like this is only a temporary situation. Figuring you are running XP or Vista, I would just enable the built-in firewall.
  3. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Registered Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    Along the Shorelines somewhere in New England
    Long as your Administrator account password is not left blank, and you keep your Windows up to date...the built in Windows firewall works fine.

    Or if you wish to stay behind NAT...most of the common broadband router manufacturers also make small portable NAT routers for people who travel, some external, some are even USB or PCMCIA based. Basically just a tiny little NAT router designed for travel....you can use in your hotel rooms wired datajack.

    For secure public hotspot use....many services are out there which you can use to secure your traffic. Basically they're all just VPN or proxy setups you use, which hide your traffic. Anchorfree "hot spot shield" was one of them.

    Or if you have a VPN setup at work..just use that, it's what I do. I get to a hot spot..and fire up my VPN connection to my office or home...and proceed to surf and do my stuff from there.
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