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From: igenge2 at (
Subject: WinME firewalling

>What software firewall solution is truly suitable for Grandma?  As
>invisible to the user as possible, of course, since this Grandma doesn't
>understand most of the 'little window thingies' that spontaneously
>appear already.  (you know at least one - the manic 'ok' clicker...)
>Additional hardware of any kind is not permitted, this has to be a
>software solution under WinME.

I had a similar requirement for technologically challenged friends. 
Basically I turned off File and Printer Sharing for all network adapters 
to close the standard holes and installed Kerio Personal Firewall.  I 
configured Kerio to allow connections from their browser and mail client 
and allowed outbound DNS and blocked all else inbound and outbound.  I 
then set Kerio to disable prompting (I don't have the manual with me so I 
can't remember the exact terminology Kerio use).

So far I haven't had any calls from them saying things don't work and 
they've been running like this for over a year.  Of course it has helped 
that I also set them up to use a non-virus-enabled browser and mail 


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