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Reason number 381 not to use a software firewall: firewall software isn’t free from worms either. I mean, it makes sense not to use Outlook/Outlook Express or Internet Explorer, because everyone knows they’re terrible. But it’s not a good idea to blindly trust your firewall software, either, and hardware firewalls (present in most SOHO-class routers, from vendors such as Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc.) don’t have several gigs of sensitive data on them that can get hosed if an exploit takes them down.

In case you missed the other 380 reasons not to use software firewalls, SamSpade lists a few.

posted by Chris on 22 March 2004 at 2003 in computing


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