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  • mule
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    Firewalls can be a pain because you have to enable ports to use certain programs, and that can always just open you up easily to an enterprising "hacker," or "scrip-kiddie."

    Also, anyone with Cable, DSL, or something else with a static I.P address needs to use extra caution. See, with a 56k connection, it's like i'm at a differant place every time, as my address is differance everytime. But if you have Cable, or DSL you have the same address; so if someone's ****ed at you, they'll always know where you are.

    Cable; this is tricky. You're Cable connection isn't actually yours excusively. You share your cable connection with everyone in your neighborhood. This means that you have to be real careful if you have a home network hooking multiple computers up in your house, as you could very well be opening up your computer(s) to anyone in your neigborhood! You also have to share your connection with everyone in the neigborhood so this can get you some really bad connections some times.

    If you do get a firewall. I would suggest an actual box over a free bit of software.

    BUT! If you do have a problem, lik Mitzi had with this "cyberstalker," you can call up your cable provider and have them change your I.P address. Just consider it a witness protection program of sorts... But it's not nearly fool proof.

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  • Sparky
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    Cable modem, 1000 meg processor.

    I no longer surf....I ZOOM.

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  • Glock
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    Ah I see...sad situation...oh well 10 megs a second is better than nothing...although we all wish we had a nice ox-768 with 5 terabytes a second!

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  • mp200901
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    Originally posted by Glock:
    Must be a pretty slow T3...

    I share it with academic departments and various other students + there is software restricting the max speed i can upload/download material due to our university tech department being full of interfering weasels!

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  • Glock
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    Must be a pretty slow T3...

    Originally posted by Michael J Pannell:
    I am on a t3 lan line which means i have 10mb sec speed....

    however i am also behind god damn firewall which means I cannot use mirc or ssl tunnel through the firewall and this means i cannot download the latest movies etc ( lets ignore copyright shall we!)

    mjp

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  • Mitzi
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    I can get into mirc with mine.....I just feel better having it.

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  • mp200901
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    I am on a t3 lan line which means i have 10mb sec speed....

    however i am also behind god damn firewall which means I cannot use mirc or ssl tunnel through the firewall and this means i cannot download the latest movies etc ( lets ignore copyright shall we!)

    mjp

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  • Mitzi
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    I bought my firewall because I had a cyberstalker that kept cutting my connection when I'd enter the chat rooms. My husband said, "Well, just don't go into the chat rooms." But, I don't scream "uncle" easily. Ine week, this creep cut my connection 100 times because he could find me even if I was on the Web and not the chat room. I got the firewall and his fun was done.I was soooooo proud the day I sat there and smiled at him when he couldn't get me.

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  • kateykakes
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    I have a firewall(McAfee) but uninstalled it because I couldn't access the chat room here at officer.

    I didn't purchase the product. It was a buy one, get one deal. Decided to try it. That was months and months ago. It's been sitting in the box ever since I uninstalled it. Eventually I'll do something with it.

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    "There's no place like home."

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  • ubergeek
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    The only programs it has any conflict with are adware programs. Imesh is the big one that horks everything up. I have Napster, ICQ, AIM and Mirc running without a problem. I just want to build a firewall just to see if I can get configured properly. I do these things not because they are useful, but just to see if I can do it. That would explain my 3 other machines running various server software. they serve no real purpose, but they are fun to play with.

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    "They may have been ugly. They may have been evil. But when it came to poetry-in-motion, the Things had all the grace and coordination of a desk-chair." Terry Pratchett

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  • Mitzi
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    RT, take your firewall down and see if you can connect to your chatroom. If so, then it was your firewall. I am on cable and Roadrunner also and I love it also. But, they had a heck of a time installing it because of my firewall. I took the firewall off and cable installed beautifully. I put the firewall back up and had no other problems. Computers.....I think they think for themselves sometimes!

    [This message has been edited by Mitzi (edited 06-04-2001).]

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  • interloper
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    Ubergeek, I have to make sure I connect to my DSL before I start the zonealarm or else it won't let my DSL connect. It will totally lock up my computer and I would have to reboot. Otherwise it works great and I turn off the notification window that tells you every time someone tries to ping you. It still keeps track if you are interested but won't interrupt you every 30 seconds. It works with everything I have on my computer including Napster, Dialpad, ICQ, norton antivirus mail scanning, and my personal web server. As long as you set up the permissions correctly it should work fine.

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  • RaychelR
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    I am behind a firewall at work and at home I have two different virus scans that are scheduled to run daily.

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  • RT
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    I got a firewall and Road Runner. It is the greatest! We have four computers online now believe it or not. But I am afraid I can't get into the chat room anymore. Is the firewall the reason?

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  • GDenman
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    Went to a training course with a session on computers & the instructor there recommended putting a firewall on. He cited Zonealarm & Black Ice as being good for free programs but suggested buying firewall software. I immediately came home & downloaded the Zonealarm. I don't know all that much about computers & what Zonealarm is doing for me but I haven't had any problems with it.

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