I am told by a pretty well respected person in the computer/video industry that HARDWARE firewalls are absolutely essential, however SOFTWARE firewalls are a COMPLETE waste of money, resources and time. They do nothing, have never done anything to justify their existance.
He travels the world 3 weeks out of the month and when asked who is his ISP when staying at hotels and such he rattled off a list I've never heard of, but he adamently says that hands down nothing beats Norton to completely protect a machine no matter when, how, where, why is it connecteced to the Net. He travels without a Hardware firewall and maintains the same thoughts whether plugged into the company network directly at the offices or when in South Korea at a hotel.
He also insists that Norton barely touches system resources (I'm told Norton uses up to 30% when it gets busy).
Anyone have any comments to resolve this? Should I get rid of my software firewall? Should I switch to Norton? I have been using EOD32.