Why home firewall software is a leaky dike

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That's doubly true when it comes to protecting computers that are connected to the internet. Anyone who thinks that a virtual firewall is enough to protect a PC from the dangers of the internet such as hacker attacks and unwanted contact with damaging programs is making a mistake.

That level of safety requires a combination of several protective measures. Firewall software for home use is not much more than a leaky dike.

"It's dangerous to view a firewall as some sort of PC airbag," warns Professor Stefan Wolf, who teaches applied computer sciences at the Polytechnic University of Lippe and Hoexter, Germany. Why home firewall software is a leaky dike : Mail & Guardian Online

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 27th June 2006 1:30AM