June 3, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Thank you for all the wonderful and detailed submissions on firewalls this week. Grandpa Stanley, you're in good hands with our community of members. These folks have really outdone themselves, and I hope these explanations, analogies of firewalls, and recommendations will give you a better understanding of firewalls and why it is so important to use one. So without further delay, here is this week's winning answer by Miguel. While this answer is one of many great responses, please read through them all. In addition to this week's honorable mention and other advice from our members, I've included a section called "Advice from one grandparent to another." So enjoy! For all of you who are just learning about firewalls and securing your computer for safer computing, this week's information covers a lot of ground. So computer newbies, veterans, and everyone in between, join us in this week's discussion, because there's always something to learn from one another. Thank you all for your time and participation! Have a wonderful weekend!
Member Question of the Week
Hi, I'm really new to computers and the Internet. I keep hearing people say I should use a firewall on my computer to prevent Web nasties, but I'm confused as to what a firewall is and if it's really absolutely necessary. If you say I need one, which one would you recommend? I want one that I can use and easily understand without pulling out what's left of my hair. Understanding my antivirus app was difficult enough, but I'm always willing to learn new things given a chance. Any advice to a grandpa who's just starting to explorer the computer world is sincerely appreciated.
Stanley, a firewall acts as a gatekeeper between your computer and all the other machines that make up the Internet. Why do we need such a gatekeeper? It's because the nature of communication across computer networks allows for a loophole that can be exploited by malicious hackers. I'll use a telephone analogy to make the aforementioned points clearer, then make a recommendation...
Miguel K. of Columbus, Ohio
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