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Local software firewall policy best practices

Posted on 2011-03-13
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I wanted to know if the experts thought turning off local firewall software (window native) was a best practice. In the past we had always done that because we use Cisco or SonicWALL (a true firewall), software firewalls are/were weak, and they caused network comm issues. This thinking was back in XP. Now we are running Win7. Let me know what you think and WHY! Thanks! :)
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in window 7 the built in firewall is more secure than previous version you now can use imbound and outband rules  
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The Cisco and Sonicwall protect you from nasties outside your network - what about inside your network?

Personally, I would leave it on by default as it's not a bad firewall and any protection is better than no protection.
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by:kdearing
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Definitely keep the Windows firewall on.
There are many virii/spyware that attempt to spread infection by using open shares, etc.
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by:prerakg
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some s/w firewalls conflicts with windows based firewalls and they shut them down like in Mcafe HIPS where it turns off windows firewall.

If you dont have any s/w firewall then you must maintain your local windows based firewall and in case of s/w based if you can get one like Zonealarm pro something, i will recommend it as there you can make expert based rules up there like stealth and cleanups.
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the problem is you have to be able to block within your network or you run the risk of someone bringing in a piece of malware (via the net, or usb key) and with no firewalls behind your hardware firewall your client machines are wide open to attack.
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Thanks for your replies everyone!
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