Are Consumer-Grade Firewalls Really Secure?

    Date13 Jan 2004
    CategoryFirewalls
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    With the growing demand for always-on high-speed Internet access, consumer-grade firewall boxes are becoming as common in computing as modems and mice. The prevalence of these devices makes sense, as network security and protection against intruders have become topics of great concern for home-office telecommuters as well as for IT staff in upscale corporations. . . . With the growing demand for always-on high-speed Internet access, consumer-grade firewall boxes are becoming as common in computing as modems and mice. The prevalence of these devices makes sense, as network security and protection against intruders have become topics of great concern for home-office telecommuters as well as for IT staff in upscale corporations.

    But despite the hype associated with popular over-the-counter security products, the general consensus among network security experts is that consumers are not protected if they rely solely on router hardware devices and software firewalls. Consumer-grade network-address translation boxes are barely adequate for home users, according to Sigmund Fidyke, product and program manager for WatchGuard's SOHO line. These devices, he said, are geared more toward the home user with low traffic and limited online expos

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