What is the best firewall?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ming, Jan 12, 2005.

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  1. Windows (built-in) Firewall

    6 vote(s)
    8.2%
  2. Norton Internet Security

    6 vote(s)
    8.2%
  3. McAfee

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. Zone Alarm

    10 vote(s)
    13.7%
  5. Outpost

    9 vote(s)
    12.3%
  6. Sygate

    13 vote(s)
    17.8%
  7. Other (please state)

    10 vote(s)
    13.7%
  8. kerio

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  9. hardware

    15 vote(s)
    20.5%
  1. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I don't think this has been posted before, but if it has, here it is again. :)
    I've been playing about with a small number of different software firewalls in the past and would like to know what others think is better.
     
  2. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

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  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    True, but there's always one or two that comes out top. ;)
    Probably better asking what opinion they have out of all those they have used before.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    A hardware firewall. ;)
     
  5. jpom

    jpom OSNN Addict

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    I perfer kerio (www.kerio.com) myself. I also like outpost, but i found that outpost was a little bit too much work for me, i'm lazy. It's simple and works well, plus it had gotten some pretty good reviews as of the last time I searched google. Oh and they have a free version, it just doesn't include web filtering and system security.
     
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  6. zone alarm is bad, each time i used zone alarm back home the server went down, sygate and windows firewall are great firewalls
     
  7. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Let's see..

    I've used Zone alarm, sygate, blackIce, Kerio, and couple of others... in all cases, it's a matter of how you configure it. Out of the box, I like Kerio or sygate.. ZoneAlarm (the paid one - not the free one) is a little more configurable but is also a resource hog..

    BlackIce.. my opinion.. stay away.

    The Bottom line, a personal software firewall is nice.. but if you don't know how to really configure it, you might as well just run the windows XP SP2 firewall..

    If you really know what you are doing and how to configure and maintain a firewall properly, you probably would want to run a dedicated firewall box..

    edit: The best firewall, of course, is the one unhackable one that hasn't been (and probably never will be) invented..

    edit2: Or, you could say the best firewall is the pair of scissors that cuts the cable coming of the back of your computer insulating you from all matters of internet borne invasions (does not prevent attacks from console based attacks though.. :)
     
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  8. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I duno.. I've used/tested Norton, McAfee, and Zone Alarm for the longest period of time and I must say that I enjoyed using the McAfee version out of the three. If you include Internet Security Suite into account, I'd probably prefer the McAfee 2004 version because it seems to be more flexible when configuring the settings.

    Might try out Kerio and Outpost since a few of you guys mention these two.
     
  9. American Zombie

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  10. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Nice UI. Any reviews on it?
     
  11. celticfan11

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    get a hardware firewall :)
     
  12. _kC_

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    hardware firewall or router/nat/spi firewall... then a software firewall to guard outbound applications etc..
    (i personally use my netgear dg834's nat and firewall, and Sygate pro)
    3 good software firewalls
    1. sygate pro
    2. agnitum outpost
    3. kerio
     
  13. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Yeah, I got SPI+NAT in my router. Just for extra comfort and kC mentioned, currently using McAfee Internet Security Suite.
     
  14. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    I don't use a soft firewall right now, just my nat router .. They are a pain ..
     
  15. lynchknot

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    I use a router and Outpost pro (lookNstop is also a very good SFW)
    A Guide to Producing a Secure Configuration for Outpost
    - here's some interesting info:

     
  16. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Maybe should change title from "What is the best firewall?" to "What is the best software firewall?" as that is all the poll has in it.
     
  17. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    If lynchknots post bothers anyone find an old copy of your favorite firewall. It will not have the backdoor.
     
  18. Enyo

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    That and the following text is completely untrue.
     
  19. lynchknot

    lynchknot Moderator

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    I dunno, it was a post at Outpost firewall board. No one disputed it - not even admin of board. He did say
    Anyway, not a firewall but to suppliment - a must have for me.

    [​IMG]

     
  20. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    lynchnot, that application is a sandbox.

    kerio has a VERY afffective sandbox in the free version.

    take a look