TJ Tryon, Jr. wrote:
> I also forgot to mention, if you have a cable or DSL or other high speed
> internet, spend the $50 to get a Linksys DSL/Cable Router. If I did not
> mention, if you have a cable or DSL or other high speed internet, spend the
> $50 to get a Linksys DSL/Cable Router. Did I mention it would be a good
> thing that, if you have a cable or DSL or other high speed internet, spend
> the $50 to get a Linksys DSL/Cable Router.
There are many similar boxes. SMC, D-Link, Belkin.
I just got a Belkin for $10 after rebate.
Mostly, this is just NAT (Network Address Translation). You are using a
private address (probably 192.168.1.x or 192.168.2.x) which cannot be
routed over the internet.
> You may say, "But I have Black Ice (or Norton firewall, or one of the
> others)". That's not the same. By the time those software programs stop
> something, it is already ON your computer, and those programs are so easy to
> crash and have them let EVERY THING in. With a $50 Linksys firewall, it'll
> never even get to your computer...
> They are very easy to set up, and it's the best $50 you spent on your
> computer EVER. You can routinely find them on ebay for $10-$20, but you are
> better off spending the few extra bucks buying a new one that the DPO hasn't
> jacked with.... Without it, you are basically welcoming people to hack into
> your computer, inviting virus and spyware in, as well as opening yourself to
> fraud. (have you paid for stuff on the internet with your credit card and
> no firewall/router in place?)
You'll still get spyware. That comes in by you going to websites.
> When you put it in place, make sure you change the password on it, and if
> you buy a "Wireless" model, chance the SSID, and create a "WEP" key (even if
> you are not using wireless) to keep people off your router...
WSA is better than WPE. But if you aren't using wireless. Turn it off.