Is firewall software necessary, or is my router provide enough firewall protection?l
I know you sell the VIPRE product, but how would you compare AVG and VIPRE. I have AVG now and I think it is slowing down my computer. I was told by the IT guy at a hospital that they used the AVG because in their testing, AVG came out the best for protection. I don’t know what they tested.
I have At&t U-Verse, so their modem sits between me and the internet. I was told by At&t technician I did not need a firewall as their modem acted as a firewall. He said all I really needed was anti-virus and anti-spam.
Do you concur?
Bottom line is should I switch to VIPRE and which version if you think I should switch?
I wrote back to Mickey to clarify that I don’t sell VIPRE. I advertise it and I get a referral commission if someone buys via my link. I’m not a reseller, you don’t buy it from me, and the purchase transaction is between Sunbelt (or cleverbridge on Sunbelt’s behalf) and the buyer.
Regarding Mickey’s question about AVG, I haven’t used AVG in years and years, so I can’t comment about how they compare.
I research the products that I want to use for myself and my family. If I recommend something, it’s because I use it, unless I specifically disclose otherwise.
On his other question, where AT&T’s technician told him he did not need a firewall, I definitely have an answer. That is ABSOLUTELY WRONG.
Even Microsoft has woken up that programs ON YOUR COMPUTER can open vulnerable holes that a router (the AT&T modem is actually a combination modem & router, if it’s the same one my mother-in-law has) will allow incoming "responses" to get through to your computer.
A router will accept (as valid) anything that your computer sends outbound to the Internet. Then, anything responding to that outbound connection is a response to your computer’s request — and therefore "valid." Bull!
That’s the way "good" remote control systems like GoToMyPC work. They send a communication to the GoToMyPC server to keep a connection available in case you want to connect remotely.
Unfortunately, that’s the way the bad guys work their remote control also. You have to have a software firewall so that your own computer can prevent unauthorized outbound connection attempts.
In other words, if someone has managed to infect you with malware by getting you to visit a malware web site, or open an attachment in a malware spam email, or via an infected Flash video, or any of the other ways, you could be part of the botnet problem and never know it, because your router-modem would accept your bot’s outbound requests for commands as valid transmissions and would accept the responses as valid, too.
You need a software firewall that operates two ways — blocking outbound connection attempts that you haven’t authorized and blocking inbound connection attempts that you haven’t authorized.
Do you need to switch to VIPRE? Only you can decide…
I use VIPRE Antivirus Premium, which has the antivirus+antispyware+firewall, on all my family’s Windows computers and I recommend it.