How do you compare antimalware to firewalls

I have a paper to write. I am not looking for someone to write it. I just not sure on how to approach it. My professor wants us to do a comparison between anti-malware, anti-spyware and firewalls.

well,spyware is malware so my question is how to you compare a firewall to an anti-ware program?

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Describe each.

by seanferd In reply to How do you compare antim ...

Note that their functions, for the most part, do not align at all. In other words, don't worry about looking for similarities.

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You should

by NexS In reply to How do you compare antim ...

As Seanferd says, describe each. Then compare the differences.

Do a little bit of research, find out what threats each tend to mitigate and do a comparison.

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How they complement each other

by TobiF In reply to How do you compare antim ...

Where a firewall <i>pro actively</i> minimizes exposure to bad things, most of "antiware" scans <i>reactively</i> for traits of known threats.

But, as in the case of trying to distinguish between anti-malware and anti-spyware, one should have in mind that "firewall" is a group of related approaches:
<ul><li>A NAT router gives very good protection if you only visit good sites. I'd employ a home router only for this purpose, even if I'd have only one computer and a modem with an ethernet port. (A NAT router is the safest way to patch a fresh install of XP up to current standards without getting owned in the process).</li><li>Then you have the soft firewall, which watches over the network traffic.</li><li>Further: Sandboxing/virtualization techniques are becoming more popular. Could they be seen as a different take on the firewall approach?</li><ul>

And what about intrusion detection? Where does it fit in? Today you won't find it so much in home networks, but I believe we'll see it coming.

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