LMOMBO Who said you can sneak something by Bob
I was wondering if you would jump on that. I think we have talked or debated to many times. lol
In the beginning, if my feeble old mind remembers correctly, we set up rules for what IP addy could be access. By controlling the IP,s they controlled the puter. I can remember what they called a hardware firewall came in but yet they used software to access it, to set what IP could and could not be access. I always made them mad by asking why do you call it a hardware firewall when you use software to tell it what to do and it uses software to do it. Why isn't it a software firewall? LMOMBO See i was even a pain back then to. Back then we were on corporate machines and yes they controlled where we could go and they still do.
As the PC developed it became apparent we needed control over what could get in and out of them and one of the first ( if not the first ) and easiest to use was ZoneAlarm. So, when I say a true firewall, I am referring to what we use on our PC since that is what we are discussing. I know that when we go back to the days of main frames and mini puters what we called firewalls differ greatly from what we have now on our PC.
ZoneAlarm did not concern itself with what IP addy could be access. It determined what programs could access the net. It was first in being able to stealth port 139. So many of the PC firewalls really struggled with that and that was ZoneAlarm claim to fame back in the day. They also provided us with a simple click to say yes it can or no it can not and took care of everything else under the hood. Then we had good control over what got into and out of the puter. Sadly, slowly, people have been surrendering control of what goes on with their puters and what is going to get out of it.
SO when I refer to a true firewall, I am referring to those that we use on our PC and how they determine what programs can have access to the net.
PS Please try not to show our age. I know I am old now I think your close to me. lol
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