2001

Norton Personal Firewall 2001 3.0 – Broadband Security

Norton Personal Firewall 2001 3.0

Norton Personal Firewall 2001 is part of a family of Norton products designed to offer the home user the sort of protection enjoyed by corporate networks. These include Norton Internet Security (which additionally features the highly respected Norton AntiVirus package) and the Family Edition, which offers parental controls. At the moment, most Internet users have dial-up accounts and the randomness of connecting, plus dynamically assigned IP addresses, offers them a modicum of protection against those misguided souls that derive pleasure from hacking in to PCs. The risk is much greater if you have a permanent connection and that’s why most corporate networks employ protection known as firewalls to keep out the bad guys. However, pretty soon many home users are going to enjoy persistent Net connections, thanks to flat rate unmetered phone charging and permanent high-speed ADSL or cable modem links. And these unwary users will be very vulnerable to external attack. To put it another way–home-users are going to need firewall protection any day now. NPF 2001 is a hybrid package, combining firewall functionality with privacy controls, running under Windows 95 and 98 and 2000 and ME, as well as NT Workstation 4.0. At its heart, NPF is a ruled-based interactive “learning” firewall, supporting both inbound and outbound filtering. The firewall itself will block ActiveX controls and Java applets, as well as more basic TCP/IP attacks and has special built-in rules designed to block hack attacks from notorious programs such as the BackOrifice Trojan, or other intrusive spyware.

The big problem with firewalls is their unbelievable complexity–configuring one makes rocket science look easy. However, Symantec has gone a long way towards hiding all the complexities of a firewall behind a simple front end: users can simply choose between low, medium or high levels of protection. But if you do want to tweak, you can still drill down to fine-tune NPF’s security configuration. If you spend a lot of time online sooner or later you’ll need firewall protection and Norton Personal Firewall is arguably the best on the market. —Roger Gann

New to this edition: Enhanced Intrustion Protection alerts you when a hacker tried to scan your PC for vulnerabilities; AutoBlock feature automatically blocks the malicious system that’s trying to scan your computer

Security Assistant makes it easy to set up or modify Norton Personal Firewall settings; Norton’s exclusive automatic firewall configuration recognises common Internet applications, minimising disruption to the user; Internet Zone Control simplified firewall protection for home networks; Alert Tracker informs you of important activities such as port scan attempts and security alerts; Implementation guides and interactive tutorials make setup easy

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(Broadband Fixed Wireless Networks) BY (Reid, Neil P.) on 2001

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