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Safe with Router without XP Firewall ?

By OpticalOrange99 ยท 4 replies
Jan 6, 2007
  1. Can I turn off my XP firewall if I have a router? Will I be safe with just the router?
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    to be honest, you aren't exactly safe with the windows firewall on. a router helps greatly, but for real protection i recommend a 3rd party firewall software. sygate personal firewall is my personal favorite, but it has been discontinued for some time. you can probably still google it and find a download.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    It's still safer than no firewall at all.
  4. OpticalOrange99

    OpticalOrange99 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 77

    I mean like will a router suffice and I can just turn off windows firewall. Like if I forward some ports on my router will the firewall cancel this out and I still wont be able to play my games online?
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,848   +897

    you loose control and reduce your safety-confidence
    level. The router will keep ~90% of the junk off your system -- see below

    yes it really should, but you should also be able to ALLOW those ports and make this a non-issue.
    Any service on your system which has a port-forward from the router will be
    subject to attack. In addition, any program which is accessing the internet can
    also be attacked -- the firewall is a means to control who get access to what.
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