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Introduction Gives details of why we need a Firewall 3to protect our home or office computers
Building the PC. What are the hardware 4requirements to get a successful FirewallCapable of handling up to ten computers.
Building your PC Firewall. Details of 5what hardware you need.
The BIOS. Here you find the settings 6within your BIOS to get your PCup and running.
Installing The Software & Configuring 7Smoothwall Express 2.0
Key Features of Smoothwall Express 2.0
NAT – network address translation – hide your computer IP address
Stateful packet inspection – any network packet not requested from the GREEN side is rejected
IP address tracking – trace those hackers using the in-build ‘Who is’ feature
IP address blocking – create your own IP address block list
Intrusion detection – find out who is ‘probing’ your network
Comprehensive logging features – all events are logged for evidence
Monitor network load graphically
No monitor; keyboard or mouse required – once the firewall is properly built & configured
Does not slow down the network or the broadband connection
Remote shut down feature
Automatically restarts when required – when a user logs onto the network
Note!! You may have been lead to believe that a router, with built in ADSL modem andnetwork switch, with NAT (network address translation) and stateful packet inspection, is allthat is required to be safe from hackers and that you don’t need a software solution (such asZone Alarm) or hardware firewall solution. Well, frankly your wrong! Extensive tests hasshown that with today’s internet activity, you would be mad not to invest in a firewall,especially with the new threat from viruses such as the Sasser. Be safe! Get yourself afirewall.