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Firewalls

Firewall: Can be a software or hardware device Controls traffic between a system and the internet. All data being sent or received is inspected.


There are two main types of firewall: Packet Filtering and Proxy Server.


1. Packet Filtering: Packets are analysed against a set of filters, if approved they are allowed through, if not they are disgarded.

2. Proxy server: Information from the internet is retrieved via the firewall and then sent to the requesting service. There is no direct contact between the system and internet. The host of a web page doesn't come in contact with the user it comes in contact with the proxy server.

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