I’m not a computer guy, so take what I say in that context, but I’d have a firewall long before I’d have virus software on my system.
Hell, that’s how I did it and still do it.
I hate virus software and think it clogs up an already clogged up process. I go without and haven’t had a problem yet.
In terms of a firewall, on the other hand, I have it for the obvious reasons of people scanning my ports and all that fun stuff, but more importantly, I have it to thwart outbound traffic.
Nothing irritates me more than applications that have no business phoning home doing just that. If you want to access the internet, ask me. Tell me what you’re up to and I might allow it. Assuming you have the right to do what you want, without my knowledge, on my f’nn system, no less, will get you knowwhere fast.
That kind of thing irritates me so much I have ZA for that pupose alone. It’s a hopeless battle, but one I’m willing to spend the time on fighting. I wish others would do it too so these companies could get it through their skulls that openness and honesty might often get you farther than slyness and deception.
OK. Rant over.
That’s the only reason I have one. If that weren’t an issue, I don’t know what I’d do. Truth is, it’s never been a non-issue, so I’ve never really had that option.
But in terms of the fears people have about hackers, crackers, and the like, I tend to agree with you, it’s all over-rated and over-blown hysteria.