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Which firewall?

Discussion in 'Software' started by hkymre, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. hkymre

    hkymre Nibble Poster

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    I normally put Zone Alarms on to my PCs but the way their site tries to steer you towards the paid version is starting to annoy me.

    What other firewalls can you recommend?

    Cheers

    Mark
     
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  2. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Sorry fella - but free software firewalls, for me, begin and end with ZoneAlarm.

    Kerio is supposed to be OK, and has a reasonably large user-base, but (and this is only speaking from personal experience, others may disagree) I have found it to cause problems on every home consult I've ever had.

    Comodo is the only other one I'd recommend, at a push - although I've not installed it for nearly a year due to my fondness for ZoneAlarm. When I did use it, at the behest of a small business client, they swore by it and, tbh, it never gave me any problems.

    Why are you bothered about ZoneAlarm advertising their paid-for version? AFAIK, ALL free personal firewalls have plenty of advertising for their full price versions - in fact, Kerio and Comodo both do as well. They have to try and make money somewhere!

    I suppose trying to convince you to get a 'real' firewall is out of the question? (since you don't seem to want to part with any money for Zone Alarm's pay version :D)
     
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  3. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

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    Hi hkymre,

    Zone Alarm free is good but there is always a catch with free. It is the bait.

    Bite the bullet.

    I am a fan of Norton and have tried both ZA and N and prefer N, although recently I have tried, am still doing E-trust by Computer Associates. And I am impressed. It is taking a while to work it but when I get it right it blocks all. Its a pain in the arse playing around but for a fiver well worth it.

    Oh, I always buy OEM software, damn cheaper, no fancy wrappers. If you have the knowledge it is about a 5th of the price with all the benefits.

    Keimos
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I use zone alarm also its a good client, it does what I need it to do, and blocks what ever I want it to block no complaints.
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Prof, can you please check out our signature rules, specifically the dimentions should not exceed images in excess of 400 x 80 in pixels in size. and amend the picture of that awsome motor so that it is complient.

    Cheers, Pete

    Edit: where did it go :blink
     
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  6. hkymre

    hkymre Nibble Poster

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    Looks like ZA it is then.

    Just wish it could update itself without the hard sell.

    Out if interest does anybody use the Pro version?
     
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  7. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster

    yup, i upgraded last year and apart from this most recent update has been outstanding for me.
     
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  8. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    I used to use ZA, but started to get annoyed every time it warned me that my mouse was trying to communicate with my PC...

    :biggrin
     
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  9. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Does no one use Windows XP firewall for home ?
     
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  10. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Me I do
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    I see the smiley - but it *still* means that you had it set up incorrectly! <giggle>

    Harry.
     
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  12. Bluerinse
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    Me too :biggrin

    And yes I know it doesn't filter outgoing connections.
     
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  13. Nelix
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    Used to use ZoneAlarm, dont have anything at the moment except windows firewall as I am going to be installing a hardware firewall soon, as soon as I can figure it out.
     
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  14. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Im trying Bit defender at the mo, seems ok but not free. Mcaffee and Norton are to powerhungry on ya resources so would stay clear from them IMO. Might remove them altogether tho when i pluck up the courage coz ive got a hardware firewall in router (it comforting to know that the software one is still running tho lol)

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