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Hey is there any idea in buying a IPS Firewall or is it just waste of money?

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genaral home use its a waste... SOHO, SMB and enterprise networks yes its worth it..
but it will offer you better security than SW FWs but for a genaral user the SPI FW in your home router and a good AV will be more than enough thumb.gif
 
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post #3 of 8
+ most routers have some sort of firewall interface.

You can however use a laying around pc a hwfw and just play / learn. But as Stubass says it depends on the use and what you have in your netowork
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I got a FTP Server and a minecraft server and in the future a HTTP Server Would a IPS be needed?
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Originally Posted by TheDulki View Post

I got a FTP Server and a minecraft server and in the future a HTTP Server Would a IPS be needed?

when i look at the threads title, "stupid" is not really the word to use.. smile.gif
its never stupid to use a HW FW but as they can be expensive you have to way up the cost vs data integraty.. if your not making people pay and storing credit card or personal details of users then at the router write a good security policy and access rules, the SPI FW is pretty good thumb.gif
 
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pfSense here. There is a move today (or perhaps I just learned it today) to pay attention to what is going out from your network as much or more than what is comming in.If odd things are going out perhaps something got in and has caused this outbound traffic. I am just starting to work with pfSense and also just starting to develope my rules.Fewest ports open as possible is the base concept I will be working off and the effect of outbound traffic on open ports (or better said causing ports to be open).More of an exercise with a home network but it does become important with home hosting.
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post #7 of 8
You might want to use SFTP instead if you are doing transfers over WAN.

A full blown IPS solution is likely a waste of money simply for home or dicking-around use. The IPS card for an ASA 5505 is ~$1k by itself.
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDulki View Post

I got a FTP Server and a minecraft server and in the future a HTTP Server Would a IPS be needed?

The firewall on your Router should be fine provided you don't leave too much open.
If you really need a firewall a pfsense Router should do you fine.
 
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