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Firewall? - SOLVED

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:37 am
by freshtamatic
Do I need to enable the firewall in MATE? Is it dangerous to have it off?

Re: Firewall?

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:03 am
by Moem
It depends on circumstances. If the machine is behind a hardware firewall or other device that acts as a firewall, it does not add much security; if you are using it directly on a network that's beyond your control, it does.
It almost never does any harm and it can help, so all in all: when in doubt, switch it on and forget about it.

Re: Firewall?

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:12 am
by Pjotr
Moem wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:03 am
It almost never does any harm and it can help, so all in all: when in doubt, switch it on and forget about it.
+1

To add: by default, the firewall has reasonable and sensible exceptions, so it should almost never get in your way.

Re: Firewall?

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:41 am
by freshtamatic
Thanks!