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Zone Alarm Pro Protection Question


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sbrnsouth

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Hi,

I know this may seem like a stupid question, but I am not clear on it.

I have a desktop running Zone Alarm Pro. I also have a laptop which I don't have it installed on. I set up the laptop network as a trusted zone in Zone Alarm on the desktop, but I'm not certain if this is actually protecting the laptop correctly.

My question is this: Should Zone Alarm be installed directly on the laptop? If so, will this cause any problems with the wireless connection between the desk top and laptop?

I'm trying to get clear on how I need to have this configured to protect the laptop.

If anyone can help me out with this, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Murray S.

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Howdy:

No it isn't protected.. you need to install a firewall on the laptop as well unless you are connecting via a router with NAT !!

All you did by putting the laptop in the "Trusted Zone" folder on the desktop was tell the desktop the laptop was safe and to allow it access !!

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Hi Murray,

I really appreciate the help! I'm just learning all this stuff.

The laptop is connected via a Linksys router. I have no idea if it has NAT or not.

So I should go ahead and install Zone Alarm on the laptop. Once I install it, will I need to do anything special in order for the laptop to continue being connected through the router? Or is that already handled by having the laptop set as a trusted zone on the desktop?

Sorry for the confusion and ignorance.
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Install ZA on the laptop.. you should be good to go..

Just curious but is your router just a single port router or does the laptop connect to it as well as the desktop??

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The router has four ethernet connections on the back, and one is connected to the desktop, the other three are empty. There is one ethernet cable connecting the router to the DSL modem.

The laptop is connected to the network via a wireless card.

Is that what you were asking? A friend hooked it all up for me. Like I said, I am not very proficient at all of this yet, but trying to learn it.
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That works IF the router or desktop is also have a wireless option.. Does it??

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That works IF the router or desktop is also have a wireless option.. Does it??

I'm sorry, I'm not really sure what you're asking me. The router says "Wireless B Broadband Router" on it.

I'm running Windows XP Home edition on both of them.
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That's exactly what I was looking for.. :tazz:

You should be good to go..

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Great! Thanks so much for your time and help Murray, it is most appreciated!!!

I will install Zone Alarm on the laptop. If anything funky happens, I'm coming back here to pick your brain. :tazz:

Thanks again, and hope you have a great day!
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Not a problem !! :tazz:

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