Filter Multicast & Filter Internet NAT Redirection settings question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Bob, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I am using an old wired Linksys BEFSR41 V3 Router to increase my security.
    I looked up my cable modem and it is not a router nor does it contain a
    firewall. I am using PC Tools Firewall Plus free firewall software on my
    computer because it was rated in the top three. I was told that a router
    increases my security because it has an "additional firewall".

    Three Security questions in settings for this router:

    1. Is it necessary to change the user name and password from default?

    Settings under: Security > Filter > Default settings >
    Filter Multicast: Disabled
    Filter Internet NAT Redirection: Disabled
    2. Would the security benefits of enabling these two settings sufficiently
    outweigh the negative consequences (if any) that would result?

    Settings under: Security > VPN Passthrough
    Default settings IPSec Passthrough: Enabled --&-- PPTP Passthrough:
    PPPoE Passthrough: Disabled
    3. Would the security benefits of disabling IPSec Passthrough & PPTP
    Passthrough sufficiently outweigh the negative consequences (if any) that
    would result?

    I do not "Host" anything. I do not use a "VPN" that I know of. I just use
    my computer to email and traveling the web and data stream for my investment
    software. That is it, very basic internet usage.

    Background info: Desktop AMD 4400+ 64X2 4GB memory 320GB HD Acer
    (AM3100-U3201A) purchased new February 2008 -- 32-bit MS Vista Home Premium
    SP2 -- MS auto updates on. Comcast ISP 12mbps service W\ Motorola SURFboard
    SB5101 Cable Modem direct to computer.

    Thanks for the help.

    Bob, Mar 12, 2010
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