Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75
First off, you can still see the router that the firewall is on.
Second, firewalls can be by-passed.
Not if it's set up properly.
Seriously, a hacker can ping and prod and try port connects on my IP address all day and as far as he'll know there's nothing there to connect to.
People who get hacked are almost always the kinds of people who bring this stuff home, plug it in, and never once think to open the manual.
Hacking is opportunistic... nobody is going to get into a machine or LAN they can't connect to...
Or unless something you did with your "stable" software messed it up through a bug in the OS or software code.
Microsoft has people so totally brainwashed... it's sad really.
When on Win2000 --before there were automatic updates-- I would get up in the morning, turn on my computers, go grab a coffee, flip through my email, maybe catch up with a forum ot two... and then fire up one of my programming languages and start pounding code... No Firewalls, No Automatic Updates, No System Restore... and here I am creating programs that well could have mangled my system through my own error... and you know what? In all those years... Not one problem that I didn't cause for myself... Not one.
Now the scernario has change radically... We all NEED our Auto-this and Reversible-that... or we think we're going to die... So some dumbass programmer at microsoft makes a change in a DLL, sends it out on Automatic Updates because he's miles behind his quota... We all very obediently install this latest and greatest update to our systems and within a few minuts about half the world starts having problems with their machines... It CAN'T be the OS... it's perfect. It CAN'T be this update, they're good for us... So why is my computer --the one that worked right for years-- suddenly giving me all this grief.
In point of fact... Once your system is stable and working... Automatic updates are far more likely to cause problems
than they are to fix them.
Really... think about it... You're saying "What if I did something with my software that caused problems"... but you are perfectly willing to let a huge corporation on the far side of the continent do exactly that, without your consent and possibly without your knowledge...