OT: Software Firewalls

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by mike91, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. mike91

    mike91 Guest

    Hi,
    I'm after a software firewall for an XP machine, preferably for free. I've
    used Zone Alarm before, but I was hoping someone could recommend a program
    which uses less resources...
    Thanks!
     
    mike91, Jan 21, 2004
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    Chris 159 Guest


    less resources ?? i use z/a too but i wouldnt say that 4,396k and the
    occasional 5-15% cpu cpu is a lot
     
    Chris 159, Jan 21, 2004
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    Danny Horne Guest

    Don't know about resource usage, but Kerio Personal Firewall seems to do a
    good job.
     
    Danny Horne, Jan 21, 2004
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    Morgan Guest

    I'm after a software firewall for an XP machine, preferably for free.
    I've
    Then use the built in one that XP offers. It might not offer bells and
    whistles, and only stop traffic coming in, but with an AV application it is
    a good combination.
    A little while off but when SP2 is released for XP it will be much more
    configurable.

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    Regards

    Morgan

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    Morgan, Jan 21, 2004
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    Chris 159 Guest

    in the past i used to reccomend the use of xp's own firewall. then i
    installed z/a and left xp's f/w running. within a week z/a had stopped
    several hundreds of intrusions of which 60 something was said to be
    high-rated. goes to show that xp's firewall doesnt work too well doesnt it
    :-(
     
    Chris 159, Jan 21, 2004
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    Anton Gysen Guest


    The freeware version of Outpost Firewall, (www.agnitum.com) is, IMHO,
    the best freeware firewall around. I know I'm going to get flamed for
    saying this but XP's inbuilt firewall is pretty good for what it is!

    Anton
     
    Anton Gysen, Jan 21, 2004
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    Morgan Guest

    in the past i used to reccomend the use of xp's own firewall. then i
    Maybe I'm not understanding your post but if you have both ZA and XP's
    firewall on the same machine at the same time how do you know for sure that
    XP's own firewall wouldn't have stopped them, these intrusions..?
    There is an article in last months (Feb. page 204) PC Pro by Jon Honeyball
    which refers to software firewalls and their 'over zealousness' in
    reporting, actually using Zone Alarm as the example. Without reducing or
    turning off ZA's reporting it can become very tiresome.
    Also it refers to the combination of XP's own firewall and a AV running in
    the background which provides good protection - without the reporting.
    I am not suggesting that a software firewall doesn't have a place but the OP
    asked for one which used less resources and preferably free - well XP's own
    fits that description.

    Don't you think that ZA is getting very bloated at what it does, originally
    'only' being a firewall..?

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    Regards

    Morgan

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    Morgan, Jan 21, 2004
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  8. Software firewall - but running on a old/low-spec/fished-out-of-skip
    machine - Smoothwall or IPCop ..... both freely downloadable and very
    efficent/secure.
     
    Martin Slaney, Jan 21, 2004
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  9. I used to use Tiny firewall......I seem to remember it was either freeware
    or shareware.
     
    binaries_freak, Jan 22, 2004
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  10. Seconded
     
    binaries_freak, Jan 22, 2004
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    Trevor Best Guest

    Any reason not to use the one that's built in to XP?
     
    Trevor Best, Jan 22, 2004
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    Fish Guest

    Trevor Best wrote:
    [snip]
    My understanding is that while the one in XP might stop stuff coming in,
    it doesn't flag potentially dangerous stuff going out from spyware or
    worse on your HD, though I could be wrong.

    :)

    Fish
     
    Fish, Jan 22, 2004
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    Justin C Guest

    ROFLMAO! Good one! :)
     
    Justin C, Jan 22, 2004
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    Alan Gauton Guest

    I used to use Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.* which was pretty good - the
    updated version 4.* is a lot more resource hungry, and a pain to use.
    McAfee Firewall 4 has been given away on magazines recently but it
    stopped my machines shutting down, so I've gone back to Zone Alarm in
    the meantime.
     
    Alan Gauton, Jan 22, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    It's not too hard to work out why they do this :).
     
    Alex, Jan 22, 2004
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    Morgan Guest

    It's not too hard to work out why they do this :).

    Well after SP2 and the changes that are being implemented to XP's own
    Firewall it will be interesting for those people that install the SP would
    they then still consider the need to buy a separate software one...?

    IIRC didn't Microsoft buy out a company which specialised in writing
    anti-virus software..? Suggesting that it too would be soon venturing into
    that market. Whether it would offer that type of protection by default into
    its OS's I don't know but it would have implications for those 3rd party
    vendors.

    .........Ah here it is....

    http://www.enterpriseitplanet.com/security/news/article.php/2219911

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    Regards

    Morgan

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    Morgan, Jan 22, 2004
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    Nigel Wade Guest

    No firewall will prevent outbound traffic on a hacked machine.
    Once you're hacked the hacker/trojan/whatever can turn off the firewall.
     
    Nigel Wade, Jan 22, 2004
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    Justin C Guest

    As someone else suggested, get hold of an old 486 that someone's dumped
    in a skip and install either IP Cop or Smoothwall (my preference is IP
    Cop). Once set up it needs no keyboard, mouse or screen and it just
    works.
     
    Justin C, Jan 22, 2004
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    Ant C Guest


    Worth spending the £23 for the Norton Package in my experience.
    You get Norton Antivirus, Firewall, etc
     
    Ant C, Jan 22, 2004
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    Gaz Guest

    You can set up filters in IPSec and block all inbound/outbound traffic
    and work back from there - enabling mirrored port 80/25/100 outbound
    etc.

    Gareth
     
    Gaz, Jan 23, 2004
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