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Postby cougfan on Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:25 pm

Any opinions on what the best software firewall program is out there? Zone Labs, Norton?? Or do they even really protect you very much?

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Postby tazdevl on Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:05 pm

Zonealarm is free and offers plenty of protection. Norton isn't on the same level but good if you don't search too often.

Even better way though is to buy a router with a NAT firewall. Then use Norton for Antivirus and Zone Alarm for application control (tell what applications can access the internet, act like a server etc...), then something else for privacy.
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Postby cfitz on Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:57 pm

And if you want finer-grain control over your firewall, check out Kerio Personal Firewall (free for home use).

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Postby PadG on Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:29 pm

Whatever firewall that you use, I recommend that you go to this site and check out how well you are protected:

www.grc.com

There are also TONS of information there, if you are interests in securities.
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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Oct 10, 2003 3:54 pm

PadG wrote:Whatever firewall that you use, I recommend that you go to this site and check out how well you are protected:

www.grc.com

There are also TONS of information there, if you are interests in securities.

yeah, you can DROWN in info there! :wink: :o
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Postby PadG on Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:36 am

dodecahedron wrote:yeah, you can DROWN in info there! :wink: :o
great site!


That's a fact!!! :D

BTW, for those who hadn't visited the site before, "ShieldsUp!" is where you run the tests. Check all the ports, at the very least. "Stealth" is what you want, otherwise you will want to find a way to fix it!

Oh yeah, the original question! I am using Norton IS right now, and used to use ZoneAlarm Pro. Both are very good, but I like this version of Norton better. Easier to configure, at least IMHO.
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Postby CignaXI on Sat Oct 11, 2003 11:32 am

In the end the truth is that does firewalls can be fooled very easy. If you create a dll and make it load with any browser that is allowed to transmit data through the firewall then the dll will too. The firewall may protect you from any outside attack but it can still transmit data from your computer to the world.
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Postby PadG on Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:38 pm

CignaXI wrote:In the end the truth is that does firewalls can be fooled very easy. If you create a dll and make it load with any browser that is allowed to transmit data through the firewall then the dll will too. The firewall may protect you from any outside attack but it can still transmit data from your computer to the world.


I'd suggest that you look carefully at this site! Steve has a test for that as well. You'll need to DL a small program, which will act as a trojan and test out your firewall from the inside.

A year ago, the only firewall that will prevent this was ZoneAlarm. Now, all the major ones are quite good at protections from either directions.
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Oct 13, 2003 12:19 pm

PadG, are you talking about LeakTest ?
http://grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:27 pm

For a software firewall, Zone Alarm is the best around. Of course, I love my Linksys WRT-54G.
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Postby Matt on Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:38 pm

If you aren't a "GFW" and don't have problems with trojans/spyware; I would recommend 8signs firewall. It is the closest thing to IPTABLES/IPFW on *nix that you can get for Win32. Very highly recommended if you run Win NT/2k/2k3 servers.

http://www.8signs.com/firewall
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Nov 03, 2003 6:59 pm

Matt wrote:If you aren't a "GFW" and don't have problems with trojans/spyware; I would recommend 8signs firewall. It is the closest thing to IPTABLES/IPFW on *nix that you can get for Win32. Very highly recommended if you run Win NT/2k/2k3 servers.

http://www.8signs.com/firewall

what's GFW ?
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Postby Matt on Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:13 pm

Not making any assertations to anyone specific:

http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/G/GWF.html
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:28 pm

:wink:
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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Nov 04, 2003 9:33 am

Matt wrote:Not making any assertations to anyone specific:

http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/G/GWF.html


LOL, just read that. Very funny that people are like that. :lol:
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