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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Personal Firewalls

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ISBN-10: 0789726254

ISBN-13: 9780789726254

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jerry Lee Ford

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This consumer level firewall guide teaches the reader how to choose the right firewall software, set up a personal firewall and test computer security.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 10/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 19 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Jerry is also the author or co-author of 28 other books including Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft WSH and VBScript programming for the Absolute Beginner, and Microsoft Windows Shell Script Programming for the Absolute Beginner. He has over five years of experience as an…    

Introduction
Introducing Personal Firewalls
Why Do You Need a Personal Firewall?
The New Age of High-Speed Internet Access Protecting
Yourself with a Personal Firewall
The Typical Internet Connection
Who Are Hackers Anyway?
What Do They Want from You?
High-Speed Internet Connections Equal Increased Vulnerability
Selecting a High-Speed Connection: Cable Versus DSL
Cable and DSL Modems
Setting Up Your Cable or DSL Connection
Pre-Installation Tasks
NIC Installation
Installing the Software Driver
Firewalls Explained
Understanding Personal Firewalls
Networking Overview
Understanding How Firewalls Operate
Firewall Functions
Firewall Classifications
Tightening Your Security
Locking Down Windows Networking
An Overview of Microsoft Networking
Improving Your Security
Why You Should Still Get a Personal Firewall
Hardware Firewalls
Hardware Firewalls
The BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router
Installing the Hardware Firewall
Configuration via the Web Browser
Other Cable/DSL Router Functions
Using the Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router As a Personal Firewall
Other Cable/DSL Routers
McAfee Personal Firewall
Overview of McAfee
System Requirements
Installation and Setup
Working with the Configuration Wizard
Normal Operation
Working with Report Logs
Limitations
Testing the McAfee Personal Firewall
BlackICE Defender
Overview
System Requirements
Installation and Setup
Configuring BlackICE Defender
Keeping BlackICE Defender's Defenses Up to Date
Normal Operation
BlackICE Defender's Limitations
Testing the BlackICE Defender Personal Firewall
ZoneAlarm
Overview
System Requirements
Installation and Setup
Getting Started with ZoneAlarm
Working with ZoneAlarm
Working with the ZoneAlarm Desk Band Toolbar
ZoneAlarm's Alerts and Log File
Working with ZoneAlarm Alerts
ZoneAlarm's Limitations
Testing Your Zone Labs Personal Firewall
How Secure Is Your Computer?
Testing Your Vulnerability to Internet Hackers
Testing with Your Personal Firewall Up and Running
Testing Security from the Inside Out
A Final Analysis
Habits of Security-Conscious Surfers
Updating Your Personal Firewall
Keeping Your Microsoft Operating System Up-to-Date
Keeping Your Operating System Locked Down Tight
Using Antivirus Software
Beware Cookies
Backing Up Your Data
Be Vigilant and Test Often
Home Networks and Internet Connection Sharing
What Is a Home Network? Putting Your Network Together
Network Software Configuration
Network Administration
Connecting Your Home Network to the Internet
Tightening Things Up with a Second Line of Firewalls
Microsoft's Internet Connection Sharing
Securing Home Networks with NetBEUI
Appendix A. Other Firewall Products
Aladdin Knowledge Systems eSafe Desktop 3.0
Norton Personal Firewall 2001
PGP Desktop Security 7.0
Symantec Desktop Firewall 2.0
Sygate Personal Firewall
ConSeal PC Firewall
Tiny Personal Firewall
Appendix B. Other Web Sites
That Will Test Your Security
HackerWhacker
Gibson Research Corporation
Secure Design
Sygate Online Services
Symantec
McAfee
HackYourself.com