My experience with Symantec's NIS 2005 hasn't been great. Only had it 3 weeks, - came preinstalled w compaq, and 2 days ago it stopped letting Outlook express connect w my rogers acct.
It freezes when I try to manually modify the settings to 'permit all' for OE, and I can't even 'end task'.
Likely going back to ZA or ZA pro.
re: ZA Pro.
What are the advantages of a newer version over an older version in terms of real world protection/performance for the home user?
I own a copy/license of ZA Pro (circa 2003), and would likely install that on the new machine instead of buying a new version, or ZA free.
In my experience, I believe a router's firewall is only safe from protecting you from the internet. If you are running wireless, you risk the possibility of someone seeing your computer's locally, especially your shared folders.
A software firewall can help you keep local computers out. Maybe there is a setting in the hardware router too, but I'm not sure, and not described to me in layman's terms in the documentation from Dlink.
I live in a neigborhood where 2 outta 3 networks are unprotected. And, no, I didn't look at their files. I saw their folders though.
it was an eye-openner to say the least.
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