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Beginners Guides: Firewalls and Internet Security

Beginners Guides: Firewalls and Internet Security - PCSTATS
Abstract: Securing your computer against threats from the Internet is an essential step. If you do not, you will, at some point, regret it. Guaranteed.
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Client Filtering and Reverse Firewalls

Another option which may be available is client filtering, which is sort of a reverse firewall, blocking clients inside the network from accessing certain ports. This can help you take control of your network, and prevent virus and trojans from wreaking havoc if a computer does happen to get infected through an errant email attachment. A reverse firewall is also incredibly useful at preventing users of your network from accessing illegal websites (say file sharing or adult content), or websites like Facebook.com which lead to a lot of wasted hours when work just doesn't get done. Quite a few government offices use this aspect of their firewall to prevent staff from accessing Facebook, apparently after managers noticed hours and hours of union-wage saleries being spent on the viral social networking website. At least, that's how we've heard the story.

In any case, all of these methods use essentially the same forms of information: port numbers.

Once you get used to the idea of ports as the way applications get information in and out of your computer, configuring these options are simple.

Port mapping requires the identification of a machine on your network by name or IP address, a port to be accessed on that machine, and a port to be accessed on your firewall, and the type of protocol (TCP or UDP).

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Special application exceptions require a 'trigger port' which sends data out from that application, and one or more receiving ports, depending on the requirements of the application.

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TCP or UDP must also be specified.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Firewalls and Internet Security
 Pg 2.  Some General Firewall Tips
 Pg 3.  Dealing with Anti-virus Software
 Pg 4.  Firewalls and Internet Security
 Pg 5.  Circuit Level Gateways
 Pg 6.  Stateful Inspection
 Pg 7.  Configuring the Windows XP Firewall
 Pg 8.  Configuring Firewall Services and Exceptions
 Pg 9.  Creating Exceptions with the Service Pack 2 XP Firewall
 Pg 10.  — Client Filtering and Reverse Firewalls
 Pg 11.  Common Port Numbers

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