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Hi,

I recently installed Tiny Personal Firewall 5.0 on my system, and it seems to be doing a good job, but recently I have started to get really annoyed with it because it has a program monitoring device incorporated in it that takes ages to configure.

Basically what I am wondering is are there any other easy to use/configure firewalls out there, that are firewalls only. Preferably I would like one that is free of charge, because I am currently running an evaluation of TPF5, and would need to get a new one once the evaluation runs out anyway.

Thanks,

Michael
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Try zonealarm - it has a free version which is perfectly adequate for a home user. Everytime you use a program for the first time which triesto use your internet connection, it asks you what to do, and you can tell it to remember that response for next time. After about a week, it never asked me again, because I'd configured all of the necessary programs.
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Registered: 10-04-2007

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Yes I agree. Zone Alarm seems to do a great job and as already stated it asks you first and remembers what you tell it. You can also always go back and "Untell it" if you later change your mind about having a program access the net.
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Great thanks a lot, I will try ZoneAlarm out. Just out of curiousity, are there many differences between free firewalls and ones you need to pay for, in terms of security.

Thanks,

Michael
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Hi

Just a suggestion you could try downloading one of the ready prepared rulesets from here http://www.geocities.com/yosponge/4firewal.html
Athough I use Kerio I beleive they work with "Tiny".But I will warn you the number 3 ruleset which I use is very strict indeed.But it coverrs a lot of spyware etc.

Hope this helps

Ian & Linda Jordan
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As far as differences between Zonealarm free and Zonealarm pro, I can't really see many important ones. I think pro is designed for companies, etc. I use the free one, and it logs as much or as little as you want, blocks the attacks, etc.
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Wow, thanks Ian, that link was very useful.

Michael
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The big difference between the pro and the fre version is the free version has a vunrabilty that has just been reported. Plus you get webfiltering etc.

If you want to test your firewall or see what free ones are available check my page

http://www.janwright.co.uk/drivec.htm
willow147
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Registered: 12-08-2007

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Hi,

You could also try Sygate Personel Firewall (http://www.sygate.com/), they have a free version.

Also, PC-Pro currently have Outpost Firewall Pro as their current A-List firewall, it's not free but still only about £30.

I' m also not sure which route to take!!!
wandelaar
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Registered: 17-08-2007

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Hi All,

You can also check out your PC security at www.auditmypc.com which is fairly good. The check on automatic scripting vulnerability is very amusing, but also very enlightening.

regards

Dave
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i use zonealarm and it works quite well - my one quibble (is that a word?) is that it takes forever to load when i first log on to windows
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Hmm i dont rate ZA at all i just done a test on this site http://www.pcflank.com (the quick test) and it got my IP, then i clicked continue......

Results of the test:
Check for vulnerabilities of your computer system to remote attacks

Warning!

Trojan horse check

Safe!

Browser privacy check

Attention!

Now thats with everything set on high aswell and its ZA Pro that im using Sad

Any Ideas...?
wandelaar
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Registered: 17-08-2007

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I personally wouldn't worry unduly.

According to pcflank I am liable to attack, yet my syslog (hardware firewall) logs every attempt as being defeated.

5 other test sites say I am invisible and stealthed, (which I am).

Draw your own conclusions.

Regards

Dave
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If you use Win9X, consider Agnitum Outpost (http://www.agnitum.com) which is very reliable consumes very little system resources and offers useful facilities such as DNS caching, email attachment filtering, active web content filtering and site and content blocking. It is a doddle to setup (even I can do it). It also gives useful information on connections and traffic.

I use the free version 1.0 on my Win98SE and Win2000 systems and it complements my SAR110 router very nicely. I consider it to be the dog's whatnots (and you can't get better than that).

The new Outpost 2.0 (not free) recently had a rave review by PC Pro and features stateful packet filtering, amongst other things.

Cheesy