The entry notes that even users with hardware based routers and appliance firewalls should still use a software based firewall as well. It also suggests the amount of information that the OneCare software reports back to Microsoft. From the entry:
"As you probably know by now, we are laser-focused on the red/green percentage; it is our primary goal to ensure all our users' machines are healthy and safe. So, when we see an increase in the number of 'green' machines we are pleased, when we see an increase in the number of 'reds' we start digging for more information. Recently, we have noticed a slight increase in the number of people turning off their firewall, with a corresponding decrease in the number of green machines."
Microsoft OneCare Live is a service offered by Microsoft, still in beta testing and free for the time being, that includes a two-way firewall and antivirus software, backup capabilities, and automated tune-up features for Windows desktops that evidently require constant maintenance.
Posted by: Kelly Martin