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Defines the term firewall, explains how a firewall can help increase computer security and prevent identity theft, and provides links to download firewall software.

#1: I Run a Mac / Linux / Solaris / etc. Machine - Do I Still Need a Firewall?
Aren't firewalls only needed for Windows machines? The answer is NO.

#2: Windows XP Firewall Explained - How Good Is It?
Windows XP comes built-in with a firewall. Will it protect your machine when on the Internet?

#3: Do I Need a Firewall If My Software Is Up-To-Date?
Are firewalls needed even if you patch your operating system and software with the latest updates?

#4: Where Can I Get a Free Windows Firewall?
Several locations you can download free firewall software for Windows.

#5: What is a Firewall?
This tip defines a firewall and why it is important for your computer's security.

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