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Windows 7: Is 7's firewall enough?

19 May 2010   #11
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Is there a page to configure various setting under Silent Running? Such as stealth, disabling netbios, disabling remote management?

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Your page will not look like mine; but you should find the same elements.

Did your ISP supply your router or did you purchase it? If supplied by your ISP, you might try calling their tech support to guide you in the set up. You should not be failing the Leask /Test with a firewall router properly set up.

Windows Firewall is not really easy nor intuitive to set up for outgoing. It is easy to set for incoming. If we can't get your router firewall secure, you need to look at a third party firewall.




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19 May 2010   #12
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Can't find any settings like that. The router was supplied by my ISP. It is a router and dsl modem in one. I'm still going to use Online Armor firewall. It seems to do the trick and passes the GRC leak test and stealth mode passes in Shields Up. I thought I could gain a little speed by using Windows firewall. It didn't seem to make much difference. Thanks for your help,
John
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19 May 2010   #13
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

John, you are very welcome. But I need to tell you that a hardware firewall is far superior to any software firewall. You really should try to get it setup securely. Gibson's tests should never even "see" your computer. All they should see is your router's firewall.

I, too, have a combo modem/router supplied by my ISP. Mine is a 2-Wire.
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19 May 2010   #14
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Apart from your router setup, I just want to say that (1) I agree with you: I desire to avoid 3rd party security apps and feel more confident in doing so with MS and Win7 and, (2) I have been running Win7 with its FW exclusively and am not aware of any issues.

I think you are good to go.

Monk
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19 May 2010   #15
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Windows Firewall is more than enough 3rd party firewall products might have more info presented to you, but for basic/intermediate usage model, Windows Firewall is more than enough. Properly setup, it can be close to impenetrable. Accompanied with a sufficiently advanced hardware firewall, it'd make your computer bulletproof...

zzz2496
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19 May 2010   #16
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzz2496 View Post
Windows Firewall is more than enough 3rd party firewall products might have more info presented to you, but for basic/intermediate usage model, Windows Firewall is more than enough. Properly setup, it can be close to impenetrable. Accompanied with a sufficiently advanced hardware firewall, it'd make your computer bulletproof...

zzz2496
And therein lies his problem
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19 May 2010   #17
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Carl, since his question is about whether Windows firewall is enough or not, I still say that it's enough for a regular user, accompanied by a hardware firewall or not, it still provides a good defense for your computer against all those bad things out there. To have an additional hardware router is better, but for all I know - no consumer class tiny router box provides anything more than "beginner" firewall. Having said that, it is still better to have a beginner box covering you than just rely on Windows Firewall... This is getting no where, is it?

zzz2496

Ps. Carl, if you have some spare money, I suggest you to try Mikrotik - You can learn a lot about firewalls using it's software. If you want, you can try the software for free IIRC. Put it in a VM or old PC, I can show you what a "real" firewall can do.
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19 May 2010   #18
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

If anyone is familiar with Netopia routers, I would be glad to listen. It's a 3347-02-1006L.
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19 May 2010   #19
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I get the inbound protection. Just can't stop outbound without third party fw.
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19 May 2010   #20
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsmoline View Post
If anyone is familiar with Netopia routers, I would be glad to listen. It's a 3347-02-1006L.
I went to the Motorola website and researched your modem/router. Thank you for supplying the model. Unfortunately, this model does not provide for detailed firewall configuration. The firewall screen you posted is it.

In the Silent mode, you are completely safe from hackers and probes; however, it will not block any outbound programs on your computer. Hence it failed the leak test.

While Windows firewall is certainly adequate, it let the leak test connect back to GRC with warning you. It can be configured to block things through rules; but it is not easy to configure these rules for us non-geeks. Therefore, if it were me, I would install a third party firewall that I could easily configure to block outgoing programs. The combination will protect you all the way around.

I know there are a number of Windows firewall advocates here. But, to me, it is not worth the hassle to configure it to block outgoing connections. This is just my opinion.
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