Question: My router has an integrated firewall. Do I need to subscribe to the TELUS security services Firewall service?
Answer: The TELUS security services Firewall is a personal firewall. This security application will reside on your PC and not on your router.
The 2-Wire router provided by TELUS does include a built-in firewall. However, it will only protect your network from external threats and not each individual computer. It will not stop any spyware or virus that attempts to send your personal information to the Internet. The protection that the router provides is only in one direction: towards your computer. The TELUS security services Firewall provides an easy to use interface that will also provide more control on an application level.
If you are using a Netopia router that you received from TELUS, the router has an excellent built-in firewall. Both the Netopia and the TELUS security services Firewall offer similar protection. If you have a Netopia router in your small business and have someone on staff with the knowledge of using a firewall in a network administration role, then TELUS recommends that you continue using the Netopia firewall, as certain features, such as port blocking, are not available in the TELUS security services Firewall. However, you may prefer the user-friendliness of the TELUS security services Firewall.
A firewall will not protect your computer from viruses or spyware. Even if you have a firewall, we recommend that you subscribe to the TELUS security services Anti-Virus and TELUS security services Anti-Spyware services.
Having the TELUS security services Firewall and the router firewall running will not cause any compatibility issues with your computer.