Why you must install a firewall NOW

Monday, 15 September 2003, 7:22 AM EST

If you haven't already installed a personal firewall on your Windows computer, consider this your last warning.

MSBlast, the recent worm that exploited the buffer overflow in Windows's DCOM RPC protocol, wasn't the sort of e-mail-borne pest that antivirus software is good at catching. Instead, it infiltrated computers directly through their Internet connections.

Although installing the latest Microsoft patches should prevent infections from this sort of worm, a simple software firewall will do the trick, too, whether or not you have antivirus software installed.

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