Hardware Firewalls vs

By Matthew Sarrel  |  Posted 2002-11-19 Print this article Print

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Hardware Firewalls vs. Software Firewalls
Inexpensive Inexpensive
Stops most hackers when used correctly Stops most hackers when used correctly
Works at the port level Works at the application level
Can protect multiple PCs Ideal for one machine with many users
Nonintrusive Analyzes incoming and outgoing traffic
Uses a dedicated, secure platform Convenient for travelers, mobile workers
Hides PCs from the outside world Easy to update
Doesnt affect PC performance  
Can be complicated for beginners Can be complicated for beginners
Difficult to customize Doesnt hide a PC from the outside world
Ignores most outgoing traffic Can be intrusive
Inconvenient for travelers Shares OS vulnerabilities
Upgrades only via firmware Affects PC performance
Creates a potential bandwidth bottleneck Must be uninstalled in case of a conflict

Matthew Sarrel Matthew D. Sarrel, CISSP, is a network security,product development, and technical marketingconsultant based in New York City. He is also a gamereviewer and technical writer. To read his opinions on games please browse http://games.mattsarrel.com and for more general information on Matt, please see http://www.mattsarrel.com.

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