Discover Privacy News
Securing Privacy, Part Two: Software Issues
In the previous article in this series, we covered hardware firewall-routers. Firewalls are an important part of a privacy protection strategy because they prevent intruders from gaining access to valuable information that is stored on a computer. Now let's look at firewalls that run on individual computers. Known as personal, or PC, firewalls, these are different from hardware firewall-routers in several ways. The best PC firewalls track incoming and outgoing traffic, and allow users to set up rules governing what programs on the computer will be allowed to establish connections to the Internet. Best of all, many PC firewalls are free, although even if they are available commercially, prices tend to be reasonable.
The link for this article located at SecurityFocus is no longer available.