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Is a software firewall really necessary if I get my wireless connection through an Actiontec router?

Is a software firewall really necessary if I get my wireless connection through an Actiontec router?

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Copper Contributor liveandlearn
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Silver Contributor IV
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My understanding is that a router offers some protection, but you will be better protected if you have the software.

Nickel Contributor
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If you have to ask that question then you need a third party firewall.

Gold Contributor VII
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So the Actiontec firewall protects you from folks outside your internet trying to hack into your network.  What a software firewall may (and note I say may) is protect your PC when you are online with your computer connected to various internet sites.

 

Personally I don't use a personal firewall and have never had any issues.  As a matter of fact I don't use any of the paid for Virus Scan programs because you pay them a lot of money each year and if something does get through they don't offer to fix it for free.  

I stick with AVAST or AVG and run malaware programs occasionally.  Honestly my 4 yr old PC runs as fast as it was new.

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Copper Contributor VZ_Dwayzo
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The router firewall helps stop incoming requests to your network.

 

Software Firewalls will do the same, but will also often adv you if your computer is making unwanted outgoing requests which would bypass the routers firewall.

Gold Contributor III
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@VZ_Dwayzo wrote:

The router firewall helps stop incoming requests to your network.

 

Software Firewalls will do the same, but will also often adv you if your computer is making unwanted outgoing requests which would bypass the routers firewall.


A router firewall can also be configured to block unknown outgoing requests (Actiontec default is allow).

However, it is not as convenient to deal with exceptions as a software firewall.

 

A software firewall will usually provide a pop-up telling you program xyz is trying to access the internet.

"Do you want to allow access (one time, permantently, etc)."

If a router firewall is set to block unknown outgoing requests, the request from an unknown program will simply be dropped.

 

Also, software firewalls "may" protect your PC from another computer on your network which is infected, while the router firewall can not do that.

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