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En undersökning i datasäkerhet för hemanvändare: Är det nödvändigt att använda brandvägg?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Interaction and System Design.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
A study in computer security for home users : Is it necessary to use a firewall? (English)
Abstract [sv]

The emphasize of this study is to evaluate security issues for home users having a personal computer connected to the Internet. It focus on the usage of advantages and disadvantages when using a firewall while connected to the Internet. The hypothesis is that it gives a better protection to install and use a firewall compared not to do so, due to security flaws in the operating system. The prediction was tested on a home user's personal computer. The testwork was divided into two major tests, each of them performed with, respectively without, a firewall. These major tests were divided into five smaller semi­ tests. The first semi­test without a firewall suffered from a virus or worm attack resulting in loss of data and log files. During the other tests no successful intrusion was detected. The conclusion of the study is that usage of a standard configured firewall provides a better protection for home users than not to use a firewall; and it's beneficial to update the operating system and other programs with security updates as soon as possible when they appear.

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2006. , 38 p.
Keyword [sv]
Security, firewall, vulnerability, home user, updates, Fristående kurs
National Category
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4979Local ID: diva2:832335
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2007-01-19 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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