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Frustrated Broadband User Gets Satisfaction

Added: (Tue Aug 22 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Unless protected, any computer connected to the Internet is open to attack. This is especially true for people who are connected via broadband (DSL or cable modem). Has your Internet service provider (ISP) told you about online security? If not, you are not alone.

Henry Markus ordered cable modem service earlier this year and expected his new ISP to give him information on personal firewalls for protection from hackers. It seems that his ISP was in denial. After doing the research himself, he requested that his ISP add security information to its member services pages. They thanked him and said that they might include a story about it in their first newsletter (which they still have not published after several months).

To share this information with other broadband users, Henry created the Home PC Firewall Guide and posted it on his personal web space provided by his ISP. The editor of a broadband newsletter made the site his link of the week and 5,000 people stopped by for a visit. Apparently other broadband users were also frustrated because their ISPís were in denial too.

What can you do to protect your computer from hackers and script kiddies? At a minimum, you need to install anti-virus and firewall software. According to a recent survey, 87% of personal computer users know about anti-virus software, but only 20% know about personal firewalls. A firewall monitors incoming Internet traffic and locks out hackers so that they cannot get into your computer.

If you already have anti-virus software and just need a stand-alone personal firewall, BlackICE Defender and ZoneAlarm are your best choices for Windows and NetBarrier and DoorStop Personal Edition for Macintosh. If you need anti-virus software too, Norton Internet Security 2000 is the best suite for Windows with personal firewall, anti-virus, and other security features in one package.

If you have two or more computers, a networking solution is easier than installing firewall software on each computer. Networking hardware with firewall features includes devices from Asante, D-Link, Linksys, Macsense, MaxGate, Netgear, SonicWall, Watchguard and Webramp. Networking software with firewall features includes Sygate, WinProxy and WinRoute.

The Home PC Firewall Guide has links to Internet security articles, product reviews, online testing and software download sites including freeware. Unlike most security sites, the audience for the guide is home, school and SOHO (small office, home office) end users. It is the editorís choice under the topic of personal firewalls in the AOL, Netscape and Open Directory Project indexes. It was a Winmag.com Broadband Link of the Week May 10, 2000 (updated July 26).

The Guideís Personal Firewall Shop specializes in Internet security and offers a comprehensive range of products for home and SOHO broadband users including firewall software, hardware, and books. Since the store only sells firewall products, it is easy to window shop.

Henry S. Markus: firewallguide@onebox.com
Voice/Fax: 1-206-664-1003 ex 1181
Home PC Firewall Guide, http://www.firewallguide.com/
Personal Firewall Shop, http://shop.affinia.com/homepcfirewall/store1/

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