Mr Hat has installed a Norton firewall on his G4 applemac and it is so over-efficient that the only way we can access the web is to turn the damned thing off - it even rejects this site! Any ideas? We've tried messing about and changing the settings etc, but it doesn't seem to have much effect. Any help most gratefully received...
If it's ADSL, do you have a USB modem that plugs straight into the computer, or do you have an ethernet or wireless modem/router?
If it's the latter I wouldn't bother with a Norton firewall, as your router is effectively a hardware firewall between you and the internet. Your computer(s) are not directly visible from the outside world.
Here's the spec:
It's a G4 Powermac running OS10.3.5 and Internet Security 3.0 with an internal modem.
Like Mrs H says, it's driving us both nuts. The built in Mac Firewall is set to deny all incoming traffic, and
the Norton Firewall the same, with the "Medium (recommended)" easy set up option selected.
What are we doing wrong?
Are they conflicting? I understand tech stuff up to a point, but this doesn't seem to make sense.
Like James says, dump Norton. We use Demon with a router and don't have any 'firewall fears'. Apple also publish regualr security updates and I haven't heard of any hackers attacking homeuse Macs (ditto PCs).
I used to use Norton with OS9 but since it messed with my OS9/OSX setup I've moved over to DiskWarrior which takes care of my Mac's directory. I don't miss Norton and I have more time to read the papers because I'm not 'DiscDoctoring' or 'Speeddisking'.
I think we will go ahead and uninstall it. Hardly have it on anyway.
By the way, Niall, we just signed up to Demon for Broadband internet. Are you pleased with them?
I was going to use a wireless router for that too, as I am sick of stringing a 4metre cable across the room everytime I want to go surfin'! Will we still be ok?
Are there any particular routers you recommend that are compatible with Mac?
A recommendation for a wireless router? Strange you should ask that because I have been assisting another SE1er with just such an effort. Thus far the router, a Belkin product (F5D7633-4 Wireless G router), has proved recalcitrant. Probably my ignorance but others have also experienced problems ( see http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,14618738 ).
My own feeling would be that an Apple airport hub would be the best wireless link but I understand that you need to plug a broadband router into the Airport hub. The Belkin device claims to integrate these two elements however if you look at this http://www.applelinks.com/reviews/barricade.shtml you'll find a very good explanation of the whole wireless/router/ethernet/broadband subject as well as a review of an alternative 'all in one' by SMC.
Maybe I need to treat myself with an iBook and go wireless (Ooooohhh errr!).