Firewall/Hardware Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CS5679, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. CS5679 macrumors newbie

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    Hello fellow Macheads,

    I couldnt really find a place to post these questions in these forums so I decided to post these questions here... My questions that I have are.... 1.)What does a firewall do exactly? And I have a extra computer just kind of laying around the house, so I heard that you can add extra security to your network by making the computer into a hardware firewall, so what does this hardware firewall do? 2.) and how does it make your network safer? 3.)
     
  2. CS5679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are there really any advantages of having a hardware firewall vs. a software one?
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    If you are going to use firewall DON'T pay for a software firewall! Use the BSD Unix built in ipfw because it has yet to be cracked. Luckily a developer made NoobProof that will be more secure than any third party firewall on an OS X Mac.

    Plus bookmark the Apple document Well known TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products so you can open ports on the firewall that you want to use.
     

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