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What are some good free firewalls?


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#1 bryan123456789

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 04:12 AM

Hi all..... i am looking for a good free firewall that i can secure my system and my wireless internet connection. any suggestions? i am trying to stay away from those programs that annoy you constantly if you know what i mean.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 06:33 AM

Several free firewalls are listed in the appropriate section here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Almost all firewalls require some user participation in the beginning as you "teach" it what to allow or forbid. This allows each person to tailor a generic product to the specific configuration of their computer and its applications.
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:32 AM

I really like the free Ashampoo Firewall (I use a lot of Ashampoo software) but not sure why it hasn't been updated since 2007. I guess if it's effective then no need. I have been testing it in a Windows XP SP3 VM and it works quite well and has an easy interface.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:31 AM

Does your router have a firewall? What os are you running? The firewall's that come with win 7, and vista are good enough by themselves.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:45 AM

Hi all..... i am looking for a good free firewall that i can secure my system and my wireless internet connection. any suggestions? i am trying to stay away from those programs that annoy you constantly if you know what i mean.


Also, a firewall on Windows will not secure your wireless. You need to configure the security on the wireless router for that. Don't use anything less than WPA2 and use a complicated (non-dictionary word) password.




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