I've been wondering lately about how important a software firewall is. Many years ago, I used to use ZoneAlarm, but it got too bulky and bloated, so I stopped. Then I tried a few others, mainly Outpost, but I found that i grew tired of all the configuration, where it keeps asking me to accept/deny connections, etc. So I quit that also, and since then I don't use a software firewall anymore. Am I at big risk here, or is it not such a big deal.
For general computer practice, I am pretty safe. I have good virus protection, I borwse the web responsibly (with ad blockers and good sense of what not to click on), I am a respnsible email user (I have never had a problem with spam). I have a wifi linksys wrtg-something and it has a firewall in it. I always heard that these hardware firewalls are better than software anyway.
SO, how secure am I? I don't think I've ever had any problems with security, but maybe there's some things happening in the background that I don't know about. Packet-sniffing, what not, I don't know what that means anyway.