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    6tr6tr NNTP User

    Default Best Firewall options?


    What are the best firewall options? Has anyone used Smoothwall (
    'Linux.com :: Protecting networks with SmoothWall Express'
    (http://www.linux.com/feature/154568) )?

    How about something to protect against browser weaknesses and attempts
    to install applications? I know on Windows this can happen easily
    without you even knowing. Is it the same on linux?


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    john hudson NNTP User

    Default Re: Best Firewall options?


    openSUSE has a very good default firewall. If you want to fine tune it,
    you can reconfigure it using YaST (which is all that any other program
    would do).


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    6tr6tr NNTP User

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    john_hudson;1906882 Wrote:
    > openSUSE has a very good default firewall. If you want to fine tune it,
    > you can reconfigure it using YaST (which is all that any other program
    > would do).


    What about for other features, like:

    1. Packet inspection/decision
    2. Keeping apps from being able to install


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    rhasselbaum NNTP User

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    6tr6tr;1906902 Wrote:
    > What about for other features, like:
    >
    > 1. Packet inspection/decision
    > 2. Keeping apps from being able to install


    Can you be more specific about what it is you'd like to accomplish with
    packet inspection? What problem are you trying to solve?

    Linux doesn't allow non-root users to install applications or make
    fundamental system configuration changes. So as long as you do your
    day-to-day computing with an "ordinary" user account, you're protected
    in many ways. If you're particularly concerned about safe browsing, you
    might want to consider using the NoScript extension for Firefox.
    However, this can prevent "good" code from running in the browser, too,
    so you'll need to spend time building a whitelist of safe sites.
    Otherwise, parts of the web will seem to be broken.


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