What is the difference in Firewalls?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MacManiac1224, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2001
    What is the difference between a firewall that guards for example the CIA, and one that you can buy in the store for $100?
  2. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: What is the difference in Firewalls?

    We could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you. :D

    Seriously tho' some of the differences between the little firewall boxes and "industrial strength" firewalls is the hnumber of machines it can handle, how much traffic it can support and how complex can the rulesets be.

    There is also the availability issue, some of the firewall solutions allow you to put up two (or more) firewalls in parallel and if one fails, another takes over without lose of connectivity.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2003
    Hardware or software?
    A firewall is merely a set of rules setting waht traffic is allowed in and out, preferably backed up by a more intelligent system, an Intrusion Detection System such as Snort or Tripwire (or Zonealarm under windows, blackice doesn't count, except as a bad joke).

    Hardware firewalls are just dedicated hardware.

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