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Tue 22/07/03 at 16:51
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Can't be bothered to buy Norton or anything like that.

Does anybody have a good free firewall that they could recommend me?

Easy question, gonna get complicated answers now!

Thanks.
Mon 28/07/03 at 20:41
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Alot? I mean a bit.
Mon 28/07/03 at 19:22
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Playing online seems alot smoother without a Firewall though, but i've downloaded every Windows update which should stop any people exploiting my pc.
Mon 28/07/03 at 18:15
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Turbonutter wrote:
> 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
> clue.


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
Mon 28/07/03 at 17:35
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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 clue.
Mon 28/07/03 at 17:17
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Without Firewall 1 trojan
Mon 28/07/03 at 17:11
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Scanning for trojans nothing so far..
Mon 28/07/03 at 17:01
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Turbonutter wrote:
> 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!
Mon 28/07/03 at 16:04
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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.
Mon 28/07/03 at 15:58
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Turbonutter wrote:
> 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.
Mon 28/07/03 at 15:09
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Well tried a test last night left it on overnight with no firewall seems like no probs.

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