My question is; Is there any point in having the firewall installed at all if you keep the firewall and Defense+ in Training Mode all the time?
I set my parents’ laptop like this because they cannot handle any warning or choice boxes. They would just end up saying ‘yes’ to everything anyway, rather than saying ‘no’ and then finding they cannot use a certain part of Windows or a certain program.
In case it makes a difference, here is what they have, just in basic terms :
Laptop with Windows Firewall switched off, Comodo Firewall Pro switched on, both modes in Training Mode for some time and ongoing.
Netgear router for broadband via ethernet connection, Netgear’s own firewall left at default settings. (Very occasionally they may go wireless via a USB dongle; I think I have correctly set up the wireless to be ‘secure’)
Laptop has anti-virus Avast 4.8 Home Edition Free switched on, all ‘on access protection’ modules on.
Thanks for your advice, maybe including ideas for a more effective ‘install and forget’ setup.
I’ll look into testing and also read up on the Netgear router but I suspect again that manual decisions will be needed.
What I have read about it, is:-
“all incoming traffic is blocked by default. It will only allow incoming traffic that you configure services and rules for”.
My parents don’t use any applications that require incoming connections, such as bit torrent or Windows Live Messenger.
So, what I’m doing currently, is allowing everything between the laptop and router, isn’t it? So is there any point in my having CFP installed at all? ie with or without it, no incomiing connections are coming past the router, and all outgoing requests from the laptop are alllowed.