Ftp and cross platform issues...

Mark Wieder mwieder at ahsoftware.net
Fri Mar 24 15:57:50 EST 2006


Friday, March 24, 2006, 12:50:41 AM, you wrote:

> What would you do with a laptop that sometimes gets used on public
> networks (e.g. Internet cafes, public wifi nets, etc.)?

Touche... I had been thinking of real computers, not laptops <g>.

> I keep Win-XP Firewall on most of the time, and disable it temporarily
> when I have a problem and if it is safe to do so. If I have (e.g. Rev
> FTP problems) while using an unsafe network, I find another way to do it.

My windows boxes are behind *two* sets of piggybacked routers, so I
have an inner and an outer subnet. Back in the Bad Old Days when
hardware routers were expensive I used to use software firewalls, but
maintenance ended up being more trouble than it was worth. Now a
couple of $30 plastic boxes keep my local network traffic local,
they're cross-platform, and my network can be exposed to the internet
24/7 without my having to worry about a thing.

But (sigh) if I had to use a windows laptop I'd probably use the
internal firewall when I went outside to play.

-Mark Wieder
 mwieder at ahsoftware.net

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