Your right about the hole
by TWB404 - 3/5/12 8:20 AM
In Reply to: Firewall by bob b
I have 3 glaring holes but so does just about everyone reading this. First one is I use Windows. It is the most attack OS because it is controls close to 90% of the market. While those who use Mac puter claim it can not be attack, it can, it is just simple numbers for the reason it is not attack more. Mac OS only has 9% of the market share so script kiddies to the big boys go for the greater chance of success. That is Windows. The second one is that I surf the net. No matter how good your protection is, your going to come across things that are going to launch an attack on you. That is just a fact of web surfing. I remember back in 05 or 06 ASUS web site got cracked and a Trojan was inserted on the site. I just happen to need to access their site before it was discovered. If it had not been for my 2 way firewall I would have been bit and lost control of my puter. That covers the product side of your statement and like I said in the beginning, just about everyone reading this have the same problems. That is why everyone should have a good 2 way firewall.
My 3 third and biggest hole is one that I could correct by simply being a passive person. That I can not do. If you want references on that fact just ask some of the moderators or forum members, they will tell you I do have my opinions and tend to express them. So from time to time I poke the bear. That leads to, some day you eat the bear, some day the bear eats you. That is when my 2 way firewall comes into play and saves my sorry rear end. lol
The one thing about firewalls today is that there is no good 2 way firewall left. The major players in the market wanted to be able to use what I consider spyware. (I am going to poke the bear now) They wanted to see what you had installed on your puter, know how you surfed the web, collect and keep for ever information on you. So they decided to kill the firewall as we knew it. They came up with the idea of Internet Suites. They convince the user that those pop up where just to annoying, to hard to understand, and they should turn over control of their puters to them so they could make the decision for them. They knew best not the user. My favorite way of describing this is to ask you or anyone else this one question. If you had a home security system installed in your house would you turn over the keys to your house to them? Would you let them make the decisions for you about who can enter and leave your house? I think not. It is the same thing today with these Internet Suites being peddle to the unsuspecting user that give them a false sense of security. It is my believe and I have no real evidence to support it, that companies pay to get on some of the white list. I know of one company that brags openly that they have 15,000,000 pre approved programs to access the web. That is such a mind blowing number I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. My challenge to anyone who is using a Internet Suite or a firewall in the auto mode is to try to find out what programs are being given access to the web. IF you can, I think your going to be surprised just who is being allowed to collect and phone home the information without your knowledge.
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