Solid Software Firewalls...

Discussion in 'System Security & Infection Support' started by bibliophile, Nov 29, 2006.

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    bibliophile

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    Hey Guys,
    I just got a new laptop and want to ditch the McAfee suite that came with it. I'll probably go with AVG free, but wasn't sure which Firewall to go with. I used Comodo on my old machine and before that I used ZoneAlarm. I've also heard things about other products that some seem to prefer. Anything I should know about the ones I've mentioned or any others?

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    Zone Alarm and BlackIce are good free ones. If you are behind a router of some sort, then Windows firewall will suffice.
     
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    ZoneAlarm works quite well.
     
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    Personally, if you have a router, NAT will be fine. None of my computers have firewalls, my router handles all of that.

    But, if you want a software firewall then go with the Windows firewall, if you need something that can be configured in depth, try Blackice.
     
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    I googled BlackIce and found that it's 39.99. Is that the one you refer to?
     
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    It's like ZoneAlarm. There is a free version, then there is a version that you have to pay for.
     
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    Just be forewarned that some firewalls (ZoneAlarm has done this in the past) if you uninstall them will not remove their settings. Although this can be seen as a good thing security wise, it will break new software unless you do a OS reload. FYI.

    I would just enable Windows Firewall. It's actually better than people credit it for.
     
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