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    What to do about a firewall?

    I have been using a hardware firewall since day one and have never used iptables or any software solutions. After looking for a new dedicated provider it seems that using a software firewall might be the way to go. What do you guys use? Is it easy?

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    On Linux I use iptables. For FreeBSD I prefer using pf.

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    i use apf firewall along with BFD

    does its job..works fine for a software based

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    Thanks guys. I'll test them out on my Debian box that I use here at home. I think a hardware firewall is always better but they charge so damn much for it.

    Does Cpanel profide a GUI for managing the software firewall?

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    IPSec on windows 2003.

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    shorewall is a nice and decent firewall for linux.
    all settings are simple, clear text files.

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    I strongly agree with the use of APF, its a very easy IPTables-based utility. A hardware firewall would be better as it'll reduce server load.

    Plesk has a firewall GUI now, but I believe its incompatible with APF. I don;t know what it does (but I suspect it writes IPTables entries)

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    Iptables is pretty straight forward, if you understand the concepts behind firewalling then it's no harder to configure than any other. I'll just chip in a comment about what a misnomer "hardware firewall" is, since they're all just embedded systems running software.

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