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From "Damian Carey" <jami...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Off topic? Small business firewall candidates
Date Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:13:58 GMT
On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM, Peter Ondruška
<peter.ondruska@gmail.com> wrote:
> :-) I must say you will hear lot of advises to go UNIX or Linux or
> whatever different from Windows :-) I have heard there is something
> like iptables for Windows, google-around this topic.

Thanks Peter - I will have a look.

The problem is that at least 100% of our customers will be using
MS-Windows. Maybe more. Our app will be installed on their existing

Essentially these Mechanic's PCs will be in a worse condition that the
worst unmaintained geek cars!  We could ask "what is a good candidate
car for a geek to buy - if the geek refuses to look after that car as
well as a car-lover".

If we inverse that question we get "what is a suitable firewall /
protection suite for a mechanic who has computers and does not know /
understand / care what they need to do to protect themselves".

One answer is "we don't care, or "there is no answer" - but the truth
is that there is always some reasonable approach.

It will not save them from everything, but it will be a useful start.

Thanks again,

> On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 00:37, Damian Carey <jamianb@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Sorry if this is too off topic - but I need advice. Any direction
>> would be useful.
>> What is a good (what ever that means) - reliable - ZERO MAINTENANCE
>> firewall for small business PCs that allows me to open individual
>> ports to the local LAN?
>> We are soon to deploy our distributed Java Desktop app out to
>> customers. Typical customers will run from 1 to perhaps 10 PCs, all
>> working off the same database.  These businesses are very "industrial"
>> (think "Auto Mechanic") - so forget what they SHOULD do - they just
>> plug in new PCs and get going - and they will not change their ways.
>> Generally the PCs are pretty infected - but that is their problem. At
>> our trial customers our DBs and apps work brilliantly despite any
>> issues.
>> What I'm looking for is candidates for firewalls for our server.
>> Essentially we just want to open ports 1527 (Derby) and 1099 (RMI) to
>> the LAN (say thru Also - this needs to be
>> set-and-forget - there is no IT support in these small organisations.
>> I love my ESET NOD32 Anti-virus and firewall at home - and I have
>> never had a problem in years, but unfortunately I can't just set it to
>> "Automatic Mode" and then open some ports - I must go to "Policy" or
>> "Interactive" Mode to open those ports - and that is completley
>> unacceptable for our customers.
>> I always struggle with Norton - it is not transparent (to me) about
>> what it is doing or what it is blocking or why or how to unblock
>> something.  It gives me nightmares and I will never recommend it to a
>> customer.  Norton and McAfee (aka "more coffee") seem to focus on
>> getting customer subscriptions renewals - not at helping my technical
>> challenges.
>> Any advice, suggestions, recommendation is welcome - even from Norton
>> and McAfee fans!
>> Many thanks,
>> -Damian

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