Which Free Firewall

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Capricorn, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Which is the most recommended free Firewall :- Sygate, Outpost, Kerio or XPs own?
     
  2. mokuni

    mokuni Guest

    zonealarm? but i heard that tiny firewall is not bad.
     
  3. kingsam

    kingsam OSNN Addict

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    Hi ,ive used zonealarm for a couple of years now,its ok most of the time,but then plays up now & then,not letting me connect to the internet etc,Then i tried Sygate,no problems easy to use & set up,dont know about the other firewall you mentioned,forget the xp firewall its useless.Hope this may help.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I really like Sygate myself ... haven't tried Kerio, but I've heard that's a very good one too.
     
  5. Enyo

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    Kerio, dismiss XP's own its not sufficent.

    Give a search of this board before choosing Outpost!
     
  6. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks to All. I'll stick with Kerio for now, but I think I'll switch back from the Beta Version to the 2.4
     
  7. Enyo

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    Thats a good idea, i have not used the Beta outside of testing and would not suggest it :)

    2.4 is stable and sufficent enougth.
     
  8. shotgun666uk

    shotgun666uk Guest

    i moved from zonealarm to kerio and never looked back!
     
  9. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Well I am back with Kerio 2.1.4. I have just run a Shields Up test and passed on all ports. Not a perfect test perhaps but not bad.

    https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
     
  10. Enyo

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    What was wrong? Remember Kerio requires the user to set the default rules correctly for his/her requirements in order to get the best results, get that rule set locked down and you will be sailing :cool:
     
  11. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    i'm using kerio 2.1.4 as well, great lil prog:cool:
     
  12. contender

    contender Guest

    what is the difference between tiny's and kerio's personal firewall as they are very similar in appearance and operation?

    also, of the both is one better than the other?
     
  13. Enyo

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    Hi contentder,

    Tiny is a very powerful solution but Kerio seems to be the popular choice. Kerio has taken over alot of Tinys other products.

    Ive not used Tiny myself but have read alot about it in the Tiny forum. You may want to check out some old threads in the forum.

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/kerio

    Kerio / Tiny Support FAQ:

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/faq/security/2.5.1.+Kerio+and+pre-v3.0+Tiny+PFW

    Tiny thread, details:

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,6279708~root=kerio~mode=flat

    Addressing your exact question:

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,5786105~root=security,1~mode=flat

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,5600828~root=kerio~mode=flat
     
  14. contender

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    Enyo when you say...Tiny is a very powerful solution .... are you referring to the newest version they have or are you also referring to the older free version that looks similar to the older Kerio version. I think the version numbers are something like 2.1.x
     
  15. Enyo

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    Sorry, Kerio is a replacement of the old Tiny firewalls, kerio 2.1.4 and above are indeed better than the old Tiny builds.

    The new tiny firewall is often mentioned as the powerful one, it has stateful packet inspection and sandboxing for example.

     
  16. shaunj66

    shaunj66 H.T.I.D!

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    So kerio is the overall best choice?
    Quick question - which is less of a resource hog? Kerio or Norton Personal Firewall? :confused:
     
  17. Enyo

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    Kerio.

    Kerio uses about 4MB mem (peak 4MB), very little CPU time indeed, normally does not even register on performance counters (remains on 0 secs time) after a full 8 hour session, so you see it needs very little processing time.

    Kerio is also a single-process firewall, whereas NIS/NPF tend to use multi-process / multi-module adding to resource requirements.

    Kerios low level driver is also very small, as i say above the process itself does not use much in the terms of CPU time, this is mainly because the low level driver does all the processing, again very little.

    You wont notice a performance loss with Kerio but as it goes with Norton products your PC should be a little more able in order to run them well, i myself did not notice the differance between the two but in terms of raw data Kerio beats it.
     
  18. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I was a big big fan of sygate, till I read a thread on kirio.

    tried it.

    the foorprint is so small, the differance is huge compared to other firewalls

    I am using a version that has the sandbox, and let me tell you, this feature could make real time scanners obsolete.

    enyo, your input please, on the neccessity of realtime scanners with an efficient sandbox

    thanx
     
  19. contender

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    Dealer, which version of Kerio are you currently using?
     
  20. Enyo

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    Must be a 3.x Beta - http://www.kerio.com/us/beta_section.html

    Dealer, the two combined is great but i would not move to sandboxing and ditch the RT scanner just yet the implimentations right now dont really appeal to me. Kerios "Sandboxing" is not enougth for sure.

    I have not spent much time with sandboxing applications, Kerio annoys the hell out of me with process spawning alerts its a pain and i dont like it.

    Tiny is OK, too powerful for home use and complex, a little OTT in some respects.