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Firewalls for Vista and Popular Firewall List in tutorial

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#1 hedera


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Posted 08 August 2009 - 06:23 PM

I'm so annoyed at ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite that I'm looking for a new firewall/security product or products for my Vista Home Premium laptop; and in the course of my research I've found a couple of updates to the list of Popular Firewalls in the Understanding and Using Firewalls tutorial:

Under the Free Firewalls list:

Kerio has been taken over by Sunbelt Software and the Kerio firewall is now sold for $19.95 as the Sunbelt Personal Firewall.

Under Commercial Firewalls:

Tiny Personal Firewall seems to have been absorbed by CA, the URL redirects to their site. (Based on professional experience with CA products, I'm not especially interested in putting anything of theirs on my personal system.)

As I find other updates I'll post them here.

If anyone has suggestions for security suites suitable for Vista Home Premium, I'm interested. I know that the Comodo firewall has some fans here, and I'll note that my research has turned up a site called Windows Vista Bookmarks, which claims to be maintained by a Microsoft MVP, and has a list of Vista Compatible Firewalls. This site recommends against the Comodo firewall, just FYI, on the grounds that recent versions have included the Ask Toolbar disguised as the Surfsafe Toolbar. Other than that and one other negative recommendation, the site doesn't rank or compare products, it just lists them.

I'm actually considering Consumer Reports suggestion for a free security suite: Windows firewall, Avira free anti-virus, Windows Defender for malware, and Spamfighter free.

I've just spent too much time over the last year arguing with ZA.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 09:49 PM

Sunbelt Personal Firewall still has a free version available, it just lacks HIPS protection and some other non-firewall related features.

IMHO Norton Internet Security has the best balance between security and usability. Kaspersky has many layers of protection and is a great choice as well. But generally you can't go wrong with any of the popular security suites.

If you want to use free security software you might want to check out this page which has some recommendations for free security setups, but bear in mind it's still a work in progress.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:12 PM

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 02:29 PM


if it's Vista 64 bit, here's a link to Outpost free Vista firewall 64 bit http://www.agnitum.com/download/OutpostFreeInstall64.exe
I am currently trialing this. You may want to see if Outpost firewall fits your needs if you are putting your own suite together.

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