Great Balls of Firewall

By: John Thompson

Firewalls seem to be in fashion in recent times. For those unfamiliar with what a firewall is, It pretty much is a program that sits between you and the outside world- think of a check point that stands at the edge between your world and the digital world. There are many different creators of firewalls from companies like Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, and many others.

Actually if you are familiar with Windows XP, there is a built in firewall program that you can use to provide a basic protection between you and your network. If you prefer more professional solutions you can do a search for free firewall programs on the net or purchase one.

It's billed as the one-stop solution to prevent hackers and unauthorized access by intruders (both human and artificial intelligence generated). However firewalls are not impregnable.

A passably intelligent hacker could hijack you firewall and make it execute in ways that are not to your gain. There are online testing services that are either free or charge a token fee that will help you check to see if your firewall is working or not, or whether it has been compromised.

You may have also found that a firewall will not always operate nicely with your other programs, such as antivirus and anti spyware related software. This usually can be adjusted within the firewall program, where you can configure which programs and services on your computer are allowed to travel hither and thither between you and the network.

If you're not familiar with a firewall at the present moment, don't worry. Most of the offerings on the market are convenient to install and setup. However the one little pain in the neck may be that in the initial stages, every time you open a new program the firewall may give you a pop-up box that asks how you want to configure access for it.

Beyond that it's not big deal, works like a charm. So if you haven't configured a firewall for your computer or network, then it may be high time you did so.

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