Is it necessary to change windows firewall to 3rd party firewall?

  • Yes, windows firewall is worthless.

    Votes: 6 20.0%
  • No, windows firewall is enough for regular home user.

    Votes: 24 80.0%
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Hi everyone, my antivirus program does not have built in firewall so my question is: Would you recommend to change windows firewall to something else? And why?
A software firewall providing additional protections is needed most when you have a laptop and connect it to unsecured public wifi hotspots.

Other than that, it is a debate.
 

BugCode

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As there are already mentioned many times, i think also win firewall is enough for "regular" home pc user, but just like Exterminator said,,curiosity. I also use some monitor tools for network, but not regularity. Just in case ;),,,sometimes.
 
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@Lockdown What about password-protected public wifi hotspots?
A public wifi can require a password for authentication, but still be insecure if not properly configured, have its own weak management console password, use a weak security protocol, direct access by unauthorized personnel, is hacked by a determined attacker, etc.

There is even rogue public wifi setup to appear as legitimate public wifi.

How likely is any of it ? The risk probably isn't extremely high for the typical user, but common sense and good judgment are a good place to start...

Trust no public wifi - ever - even one that requires authentication.

There is nothing special what I am saying here; it is general advice widely available online.

Best practice:
  • Don't do personally\financially sensitive stuff while connected to public wifi
  • If you must then use a VPN - don't be cheap and just opt for freeware; invest in top quality VPN service like Mullvad or IVPN if you must do a lot of sensitive stuff online using public wifi
NOTE: A big hindrance to using a VPN for online banking is that a lot of banks will not permit you to do online banking using a VPN; they might disable your online banking because they use your IP address to track you as a security measure. You have to sort out what is acceptable to the bank.
 
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WinXPert

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Most computer at the shop are using just Windows Firewall with the default settings. Got no problems with that. I think that's enough for the average Joe using Facebook, Youtube, Googling here and there.

In my rig, I have Windows Firewall Control. Just a tiny program that don't slow my PC down with a welcome extra piece of protection.
 

Behold Eck

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A public wifi can require a password for authentication, but still be insecure if not properly configured, have its own weak management console password, use a weak security protocol, direct access by unauthorized personnel, is hacked by a determined attacker, etc.

There is even rogue public wifi setup to appear as legitimate public wifi.

How likely is any of it ? The risk probably isn't extremely high for the typical user, but common sense and good judgment are a good place to start...

Trust no public wifi - ever - even one that requires authentication.

There is nothing special what I am saying here; it is general advice widely available online.

Best practice:
  • Don't do personally\financially sensitive stuff while connected to public wifi
  • If you must then use a VPN - don't be cheap and just opt for freeware; invest in top quality VPN service like Mullvad or IVPN if you must do a lot of sensitive stuff online using public wifi
NOTE: A big hindrance to using a VPN for online banking is that a lot of banks will not permit you to do online banking using a VPN; they might disable your online banking because they use your IP address to track you as a security measure. You have to sort out what is acceptable to the bank.
Good points and advice which indicate that it`s not what the regular/average user should have on their system or their need to be knowledgeable about security wise etc but what they shouldn`t be doing.

i.e. clicking on unsolicited email attachments, giving heed to pop-up email or banking info requests,downloading "free" stuff,visiting websites with a poor reputation etc etc.

So windows firewall does the job good enough for the less wreckless user,imo.

Regards Eck:)
 
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