What is a decent firewall program? Is ZoneAlarm good?
Posted 02 May 2002 - 05:58 PM
People have had problems with ZoneAlarm on XP, I'm not sure if they're solved yet. Tiny Personal Firewall is OK, and is free (link here).
The 2 main things to ask about firewalls is (a) how easy are they to set up and manage; and (b) how secure are they out of the box.
Posted 02 May 2002 - 06:35 PM
Posted 03 May 2002 - 10:28 AM
AtGuard used to be such a firewall that drove u nuts with its popups, but after couple of days (seemed like years of patience), I didn't even notice I had it running
If you want the BEST solution, go for Checkpoint's Firewall-1, lol. It's used by a lot of companies...I doubt u will have the cash to buy it, let alone configure it's different management consoles and stuff
Posted 03 May 2002 - 07:27 PM
Too right! The best way to configure a firewall is to block all the ports then open them up again as you find you need them...might be annoying for the first few days, but it's the only way to ensure everything is perfectly safe.
Posted 06 May 2002 - 05:58 AM
I like rules based firewalls, and there are a few inexpensive ones out there. They are slightly more difficult to configure, but you get more control, and as mentioned above you can start with everything closed.
Posted 17 May 2002 - 03:24 AM
Now I know that no system is totally secure, at least not on my budget, however if are diligent with patching the known holes in your software, and have some level of firewall and antivirus protection, you should be alright.