Router=Safer Internet Connection?

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January 30, 2011 at 05:44:09
Specs: Windows XP, 2.109 GHz / 2815 MB
I use a router (wired) because i have two computers. A friend of mine has only ONE computer and someone working at a nation-wide computer store told him he should have a router, even if he only has ONE computer connection. He was told this gives you a safer internet connection by creating a firewall. He purchased one and asked me to connect it for him. I told him i have to check this out to see if it is TRUE (i doubt it, buttt......). A few days ago, I installed in his computer Kasperski Internet Securite 2011. Thanks for any info. ajh

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January 30, 2011 at 06:00:46
Routers are a security barrier and they do hide the machine behind the router. A bit paranoid perhaps, but not a bad purchase.

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January 30, 2011 at 06:11:21
I agree with HopperRox. It can't hurt to be behind a piece of hardware like a router. Also password your system, so you need a password to login. If I was a hacker, I would not be wasting my time hacking personal computers. Most hackers are going for the big stuff like banks etc. It's your choice.

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January 30, 2011 at 07:22:09
Thanks for the info. I will install it later today.

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January 30, 2011 at 09:19:32
A single item of security will fail. What MS and others call "best practices" should be used. Best practices are as many protective solutions as one can to help avoid this.

While a router is a good choice it usually has to be set to help protect your lan. Simple anti-virus and anti-malware is a good practice too. Running as a limited account is good. I like hosts files and there are many more..The router can block ports and some can limit access to bad places or places you want to limit like mail or games or torrents or even ftp.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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January 30, 2011 at 09:36:41
A router includes a "hardware firewall". If your friend has a high speed internet connection (cable, DSL) there may already be a hardware firewall built into the modem.

"A few days ago, I installed in his computer Kasperski Internet Securite 2011"

I'll never understand why people pay for security software when there are so many decent freebies available..

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