You don't have a true firewall either way. What you can do is run Start -> Run -> winipcfg and check your IP address. If it's 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x or one of the other private subnets, then NAT is enabled. If it's a public IP address, then the modem isn't performing any NAT duty. Your machine is directly connected to the 'net That said, provided you don't enable File and Print sharing, there's pretty much nothing running natively on a Windows98 machine that can be hacked remotely... Cheers Ken ----- Original Message ----- From: <john at johnallsopp.co.uk> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:36 PM Subject: Re: [thelist] firewall : It's connected via USB. Does that mean I currently have a firewall in : place or not do u think?