How many firewalls running together is too many?

By Tracey Capen

The firewall is one of the most fundamental components of PC security — and it’s the least understood by the average computer user.

The conventional wisdom is to never run more than one antivirus program at a time and never run multiple anti-spyware apps together — so why do we routinely rely on both hardware and software firewalls?

  • Win7 didn’t warn me its firewall was running

    Lounge member Roderunner, a bit annoyed that Windows 7 runs its firewall by default, wants to know how many firewalls other Lounge members run on their PCs. That simple question started a long discussion about hardware and software firewalls and whether Win7’s is the best choice. More»

The following links are this week’s most-interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.
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