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I'm on Dial-up.  I'm using Norton AV and Internet Security.  Someone told me that I don't need Internet security.  Could I have some feedback on that?
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Hi Lucynka,

Did that "Someone" state a reason not to use a firewall?
As a dialup user, although you won't be online as much as an average broadbanduser, you surely can't go without a good firewall. Remember Blaster/Sasser and friends? all could have been prevented from infecting so many systems if people whould only use a firewall. Although those security issues have been patched now, others will arize.

Greetings,

LucF
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Consider that the average lifespan of an unprotected Windoze box, even if fully-patched, is about 20 minutes on the 'Net before it is hax3d and 0wn3d by some kid in Peoria, or mebbe some mob-employed cracker in Prague. They'll turn your Windoze machine into a spam-bot or use it zombie it for DDOS attacks faster than you cna say "Blue Screen of Death".

Get a firewall. Loading a firewall on Windoze is like building a castle in a swamp, but its better than nothing.
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> Someone told me that I don't need Internet security
if you don't need it, why do you ask then? What are your fears, if there're any?
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Hi Lucynka,

I agree with LucF and PSICop make sure that you have a firewall on your system.

If you are unsure what protection look at the software installed on your system\manuals and if you still not sure ask someone to look at your pc

JJB
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NIS is a perfect software which has very good reputation, since you already got it, if your computer's performance is good, you do NEED it. additionaly, please dont forget to update your NIS timely.
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by:Lucynka
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Thank you for all the comments.  I was experiencing a slow down on my computer after installing NIS and that's probably why someone thought that was the reason.
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Glad to help :)
Yeah, Norton is known for slowing some systems down, please make sure to update it if possible (not only the virusdefinitions, but the program itself)

LucF
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