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    Firewall

    What's a good firewall to use under Xp?
    I had BlackIce under 98se and found it to be mostly useless anyway. I've heard Zone Alarm is good. Just getting some suggestions.

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    If you have an old 486/P5 then you can use freesco ( www.freesco.org ) to turn it into a gateway/firewall
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    ZoneAlarm and Tiny Personal Firewall is what you should have ..

    ZoneAlarm is the primary and then you have Tiny to back it up.
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    I agree with tsunami. ZoneAlarm is free and is probably alot better than the ones you can buy.

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    zonealarm as my primary
    blackice as my backup

    also remember that winxp has a builtin firewall
    u just have to turn it on

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    Originally posted by lonewolf1983
    also remember that winxp has a builtin firewall
    u just have to turn it on
    But how efficient is it compared to ZoneAlarm and the likes ?
    The only thing you should expect is the unexpected.

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    ZoneAlarm is one of the more efficent firewalls around. The free version is updated regularly by ZoneLabs, and the pro version is even better........
    We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
    How do you recognise something that is still technology?
    A good clue is if it comes with a manual...

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    I don't really like Microsoft's firewall it was bad for me I mean when it tried to load mirc it took forever since it probably had to go through all these things in the firewall it doesn't give you a change how to config the firewal etc.
    Peter Gibbons: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you're not feelin' real well, does anyone ever say to you, 'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays'?

    Lawrence: No. No, man. ****, no, man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked sayin' something like that, man.

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    Originally posted by tsunami
    I don't really like Microsoft's firewall it was bad for me I mean when it tried to load mirc it took forever since it probably had to go through all these things in the firewall it doesn't give you a change how to config the firewal etc.
    I'm not using Microsoft's firewall then, I need to have controll over it.

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    Norton 2002

    working fine say no more..........ok.... I wont......fine.........bye

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    Originally posted by Tabasco
    Norton 2002

    working fine say no more..........ok.... I wont......fine.........bye
    I wouldn't go with Norton its not any good and they aren't notorious for making good quality firewalls as ZoneAlarm, Tiny, BlackIce etc.
    Peter Gibbons: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you're not feelin' real well, does anyone ever say to you, 'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays'?

    Lawrence: No. No, man. ****, no, man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked sayin' something like that, man.

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    Zone Alarm assigns a digital ID to an exe you allow through, therefor a trojan or whatnot cannot rename itself iexplore.exe and get through your firewall. Tiny Personal Firewall does the same thing as well. To test your firewall, you should go here


    http://grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm

    and download leaktest and try it. If it gets through, a trojan can.

    His scoreboard of various firewalls

    http://grc.com/lt/scoreboard.htm

    And an excerpt for all the people relying solely on their hardware router

    The HOT setup . . .
    My specific recommendations are, of course, subject to moment-to-moment change and reconsideration in this highly dynamic Internet security market. However, today as for the past six months there is no better and more secure solution than running a single, external, Linksys NAT router providing redundant external intrusion protection coupled with copies of the FREE ZoneAlarm firewall providing the PC industry's most comprehensive internal extrusion management.



    (Note: The money you save by running the free ZoneAlarm firewall
    on multiple computers more than pays for a Linksys router!)

    We note that this solution does not offer the additional features of parental control, advertising, and cookie blocking offered by, for example, Symantec's NIS product line, but Symantec's solutions are not free, and they all currently fail to provide comprehensive internal extrusion protection.

    You can check out Steve's Site at http://www.grc.com He is one of the leading internet security professionals.
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