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5 Best Open Source Firewalls

Mar 22, 2012, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Lauren Simmonds for this link. ]

Open source operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD have tons of built-in networking and security features, so they are natural platforms for building security products. And most commercial firewalls are built on one of them. There are multitudes of choices -- from tiny embedded systems for broadband wireless routers to giant enterprise firewalls with all the bells and whistles -- from free community support to paid support.

If you're not an Internet service provider you don't need the big fancy expensive Cisco or Juniper gear; look for open source-based products because they are proven, and you'll save money.

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