hardware firewall

I've been shopping around for a modem/router. The IT guy that services my PC recommends Netgear (he is also a distributor for this brand).  Is he correct? or can I do better?  My main concern is that I do internet banking so I really need good, secure protection.
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Netgear does make several ICSA certified firewalls that are reasonably priced, while other manufacturers in this segment (SMC, Linksys, D-Link, Belkin) make devices with firewall functionality but not ones that have received ICSA certification.  You can go up a bit in price to a Cisco PIX 501, Watchguard SOHO, or a low end Sonicwall, but if you're only protecting your home PC/home network, a Netgear should be fine.  (I do web banking, and use a Netgear, along with a software firewall on my PC, antivirus, antispyware, and a software intrusion prevention system.

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You can't go wrong with a lot of the major brands... but yeah, there is going to be a natural bias towards whatever brand you distribute.

I personally use an AT&T one (note that it's a discontinued brand), but it works great. But I've also dealt with Netgear, Linksys, and D-Link products... have had very few problems, if any, with all of them.

ALWAYS make sure to have antispyware protection... some products like Spybot S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org) have a site blocking feature mean to block out known spyware sites. Antivirus is another must.

However, intrusion prevention and detection products aren't something really needed... that's not to say it's not useful, but it's really something that's not meant to be user-friendly up to this point.

Make sure that your banking site is using SSL so that any data being sent back and forth is encrypted. You'll usually notice a lock in the lower right corner of the screen.
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