By Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
Absolutely the Beginner's advisor to non-public Firewalls is designed to supply simplified, but thorough firewall details at the such a lot commonly used own firewall software program purposes to be had for the non specialist firewall buyer. additionally, it deals details and hyperlinks to sites that can assist you attempt your defense after your own firewall is put in.
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Pre-defined security policies—These are built-in policies that are implemented based upon your specified criteria. ■ Filtering of both inbound and outbound IP traffic—The firewall should guard against external attacks as well as internal attacks from Trojan horse programs. ■ Automatic blocking of Internet file sharing—The firewall should automatically unbind Microsoft’s file and print sharing from any Internet connections. CHAPTER 3 FIREWALLS EXPLAINED 43 ■ Controlled-use Internet applications—You should be able to specify precisely which applications you want to permit to communicate with the Internet and which ones you do not.
However, your neighbors will require some fairly sophisticated knowledge and experience to do this. It should also be noted that most modern cable systems use encrypted communications. This means that the data sent to and from your computer is automatically encoded so that only your computer and the computer that is communicating with you can decrypt or decode it. So, although the Web sites that you visit when surfing the Internet are potentially visible, the actual data that you send or receive is safely encoded.
Another option is to use a personal hardware firewall such as the Linksys BEFSR41, which provides a similar service. You learn more about setting up shared Internet connection access in Chapter 11. More About TCP/IP TCP/IP is actually a suite of many protocols that works together to provide communications over large and small networks. TCP and IP are two of the protocols in the overall TCP/IP suite. TCP/IP is the default protocol for Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP, and is automatically installed when plug and play discovers a computer’s network card or modem.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Personal Firewalls (Absolute Beginner's Guide) by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.