Does anybody have a good free firewall that they could recommend me?
Easy question, gonna get complicated answers now!
> A trojan on linux? What was this trojan called? However, 0wning a
> linux box is easier than a Windows box, especially if you have no
I don't recall, and I suppose trojan is the wrong word. I never applied patches to that server, so it's entirely my own fault :O
But it does highlight what people can do to a neglected machine on a broadband connection
> But gaining access to someone's computer like that is really
> difficult. At least you're gonna need a trojan installed, and the very
> best defence against those is to simply not download porn diallers.
My linux server under the stairs got a trojan, and it does nothing all day except pass packets around. It was a kick in the teeth, as I only used Linux because I was assured using Windows was like painting a target on my ass. And I assure you no porn diallers were executed!
> Yes but protecting government machines and stuff is sane! Protecting
> your lonely computer which no-one cares about against vunerabilities
> which don't exist at the cost of a great annoyance isn't!
My mate who had his server DrDoS'd off the net might disagree with you. Firewalls prevent intruders using your computer for their own purposes. No-one may care about your or my computer, but a script kiddie just has to point a couple of scripts at *.btopenworld.com and he has himself a couple of thousand machines to play with. He may not choose to harm my computer (or he could nuke your hard disk..), but I don't want intruders in my system, especially if they're going to use my bandwidth to put some helpless sucker somewhere in the world out of business.