Originally Posted by remedys
what are the differences between windows firewall, windows defender, and comodo firewall?
does comodo take up a lot more space? or just have more popup windows?
im confused because u talk about how bad firewalls are, but then it seems like u reccomend windows firewall.
very helpful vids, tyvm
Windows Defender is an anti-malware program that can also be used to edit start-up programs. I recommend only using it to disable start-up programs then disable it because its anti-malware functionality sucks. In my previous series I show how to disable Windows Defender.
Re: Firewalls - I only take issue with so-called "personal firewalls" otherwise known as software firewalls. My stance is pretty well summed up by this article. Personal firewalls are mostly snake-oil.
Originally Posted by samspade
it provides no real additional security over turning off the services that you don't use. (Maybe it'll block trojans from phoning home, but A) if you've run a trojan your system is completely compromised
I recommend leaving the Windows firewall enabled because its effect on a system's performance is negligible and requires almost zero interaction from the user. The truth is the only time the Windows firewall will be doing any work is when you're on an untrusted network. The danger of being on an untrusted network can also be mitigated by disabling unneeded services.
Don't get too caught up in trying to understand NAT. Just know that you should be using a router and not plugging directly into your cable modem. NAT drops connections that it doesn't understand such as connections initiated outside your network. This make it difficult for someone outside your local network to get information about your system.
Tomato is easy to setup and I recommend it mainly for reliability reasons.
Untangle is not easy to setup, but it is definitely an attainable solution even for a novice if you're willing to put in some time.