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Securing Your Internet
Connection: Hardware Firewall Security
I know that the point of this whole "speed
up my PC" thing isn't to add stuff that's going to slow down
your PC, but without an hardware firewall to secure your
internet connection, your PC's security is definately at
If you use a dial up internet connection,
you won't be able to put this type of tool into action, but
I'd recommend reading this section anyway, in case you ever
decide to switch to a cable, ADSL or DSL 24/7 internet
If your computer is connected to the
internet 24/7, it is crucial that you have an internet
hardware firewall. The purpose of a hardware
internet firewall tools is to prevent uninvited guests
from getting access to your PC. Without such tools
you're definately leaving yourself open to intrusion.
These are an absolute must.
I'm sure your next question is why? Well,
because without a hardware firewall, hackers can simply
access your computer and will eventually find their way onto
your computer. You'd be surprised just how many times
per day your computer is being hit by applications
attempting to do just that.
Without a firewall, your computer's ports
are OPEN. With a standard hardware firewall, your
ports appear CLOSED. With a stealth firewall, which is
the best type of firewalls available, your ports DO NOT
appear at all. The following example may help to
explain the difference, and why STEALTH is important.
Your connection to the Internet can be
attributed to a stranger (possibly a salesperson) that
comes knocking at your door. You either open the door;
leave the door closed, but talk to them through the door; or
you pretend that you're not home.
What is STEALTH Firewall Security?
The first option, opening the door would be
surmount to an open port, which any hacker can get
into. The second option, talking to the stranger
through the door would be surmount to a closed port.
But the hacker knows you're there, so he might come back and
try again later. The third option, to a hacker at
least, is surmount to their being no PC at all. Thus,
the third option is the best. The third option is what
we call stealth mode.
The most common form of Internet hardware
firewall available to consumers is the Broadband
Router. The wireless variety is probably one of the
hotest sellers out there. The wireless
part only comes into play if you plan to connect using
a wireless network connection; such as is offered with most
laptops these days. As such, most vendors now only
offer wireless broadband routers because the cost as
compared to a regular (non-wireless) router are nominal.
The way to tell if you have a broadband
router is to look at the connection coming from your cable,
ADSL or DSL modem (this is the box your internet provider
installed for you that connects to either your cable or
phone outlet). One of the cables coming out of the
back of the modem is labelled WAN and this cable either
connects to your computer directly (which means you DO NOT
have a broadband router), or it connects to another box that
looks similar to your modem.
If you don't already have a broadband
router, it's essential that you put the wheels in motion and
get one. Get yourself a D-LINK 625 Wireless-N Broadband
Router from Amazon.com. This is the router
that I use. It's very easy to install and if you
have problems setting it up you can contact me and I'll be glad to help you
out. Better yet, sign up for my newletter, as I'll be
adding a video very shortly, exclusive to members, that
details EXACTLY how to install and configure the
Oh, and by the way, once you've ordered your
router, please continue reading on. I don't recommend
you wait around for your router to arrive before you
continue on to the next section, as it could be a few days
Oh, and once you do have your hardware
router installed, you can perform a simple test to see if
your hardware router firewall is running in stealth
mode. You can use the following internet security test to check
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