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#1 sherrylynne

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:04 PM

Can anyone suggest a firewall for beginners? Something that all I have to do is "point and click" if possible :flowers: . I'm old and get easily confused :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:05 PM

not fair using 'old'.

I have zone alarm free and it's pretty darn easy. works well and I don't have to fuss with it. (fuss=old)
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:20 PM

lol, I can so use "old"! And thanks, I'll check it out.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:39 PM

The XP firewall is about as easy as it gets...and it does the job.

The reason many of us shun the XP firewall has little to do with it's protective abilities...it's just that we want more control or more options or more something :thumbsup:. The same reason that A prefers this program while B prefers that program.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:14 PM

The XP firewall is about as easy as it gets...and it does the job.

The reason many of us shun the XP firewall has little to do with it's protective abilities...it's just that we want more control or more options or more something :thumbsup:. The same reason that A prefers this program while B prefers that program.

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So let me get this straight. All I really need is the XP firewall I've already got? If that's the case, that would be wonderful :flowers:!

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:12 AM

That is correct :thumbsup:, the Windows firewall does the basic protective job...which is why Microsoft makes it available as part of the operating system.

The firewalls that many of us use (Sunbelt, ZA, Avast, etc.) provide users with more detail which can be reviewed, more personal control, and monitoring capabilities of both incoming and outgoing traffic...which is fine for users who want to fiddle or be advised of such.

But these are not really what I would consider necessary functions for users who just want to know that they have taken basic steps to protect their systems from outside influences.

Some data on the Windows firewall, http://www.theeldergeek.com/windows_firewall.htm

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:35 AM

Thank you Hamluis! Bless you! I'm leaving well enough alone, then :thumbsup:.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:00 PM

Just to add my opinion, Ashampoo and Sygate are two that are very easy to use, easier than Zone Alarm.

Just for the record, the Windows firewall has three types of problems, you can read about them here.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 01:22 PM

Just to add my opinion, Ashampoo and Sygate are two that are very easy to use, easier than Zone Alarm.

Just for the record, the Windows firewall has three types of problems, you can read about them here.

Agree with you DC3.I use Sygate, and find it so easy to use. Much easier than Zone Alarm.















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Posted 28 September 2008 - 01:25 PM

Some links on using Windows firewall:

http://www.maximumpcguides.com/windows-firewall-explained/

http://www.networkuptime.com/winfw/page00-02.html


A tutorial on using free zone alarm firewall:

http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/free-...irewall-01.html

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:39 AM

I recommend Kerio firewall(free version) for the novice end user (use simple mode).
Also having a router with NAT enabled will help with random port scans.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:06 PM

I recommend you buddies CA Personal Firewall. its very much great in functionality & do remind you guys about each & everything.
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:11 PM

Just trying to get my system in order+thought I'd possibly change a few things. I read up on the 2 Firewalls, Ashampoo+Sygate. Ashampoo sounds good for a novice like me. How does it differ that much from Sygate? They both offer inbound+outbound protection.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:35 AM

Since you are new to using a firewall you may want to read "Understanding and Using Firewalls".

Before installing a 3rd-party firewall, make sure you turn off the the Windows firewall. For instructions with screenshots, see How to turn off the Windows Firewall in SP2 or How to turn on or off the Windows Vista Firewall.

Using two software firewalls on a single computer could cause issues with connectivity to the Internet or other unexpected behavior. Further, running multiple software firewalls can cause conflicts that are hard to identify and troubleshoot. Only one of the firewalls can receive the packets over the network and process them. Sometimes you may even have a conflict that causes neither firewall to protect your connection. However, you can use a hardware firewall (your router) and a software firewall (Kerio or ZoneAlarm) in conjunction. For more information see:

The Differences and Features of Hardware & Software Firewalls",
Choosing a Firewall: Hardware v. Software"
How to choose a firewall

Choosing a firewall is a matter of personal preference, your technical experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular firewall that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 02:22 PM

Thanks,Quietman7, I have a lot or reading to do. I'll post back here with any concerns/questions :thumbsup:
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