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Is Windows Firewall good enough?


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#1 smilee

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 12:13 AM

Hi,

I've recently purchased a notebook that uses Windows 7 and I was wondering if the firewall that Windows provides is good enough protection or if I should download free personal firewall programs like ZoneAlarm, Comodo, and etc.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 02:52 AM

The Windows Firewall doesn't protected enough because mostly malware get around the firewall.
It's recommend to get one of you mentioned.

ZoneAlarm (Warning about this program: it is uge for your system. I have used it but the machine went very slow so..)
Comodo
Online Armor

Edited by Driesiooo, 05 September 2010 - 02:57 AM.


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Posted 05 September 2010 - 02:57 AM

If all you want is a firewall there is nothing wrong with Windows7 firewall.

Comodo firewall has also a HIPS, sandboxing of unknown applications and from the next version, available next week, it also has cloud based scanning with behaviour analysis. That is assuming you don't install the Comodo antivirus as well.

If you want comprehensive protection it will take some beating.
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Posted 05 September 2010 - 06:44 AM

Windows 7 Firewall is similar to Vista but adds a few new features in the firewall and related network-safety areas such as separate configuration settings for private (Home or Work) and public networks.

As with Vista, the basic settings for the Windows 7 firewall are accessed via the Control Panel applet. Unlike Vista, you can also access the advanced settings (including configuration of filtering for outbound connections) through the Control Panel instead of having to create an empty MMC and add a snap-in...

The Vista firewall allows you to choose whether you are on a public or private network. With Windows 7, you have three choices - public network, home network or work network. The two latter options are treated as private networks...With all network types, by default the Windows 7 firewall blocks connections to programs that are not on the list of allowed programs. Windows 7 allows you to configure the settings for each network type separately,...

What's new in the Windows 7 Firewall?The concern with the Windows firewall was in XP. Normal firewalls allow you to specifically control each TCP and UDP port but XPís firewall does not provide you with this capability. Instead, it takes a point and click approach to enabling or disabling a few common ports. The XP firewall does a good job of monitoring, examining and blocking inbound traffic but makes no attempt to filter or block outbound traffic like most 3rd-party personal firewalls. Thus, the XP firewall does not identify which programs attempt to initiate outbound network or Internet communications nor does it block the traffic when suspicious activity occurs.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:41 AM

Thank you all for your replies. I will definitely check out all the articles before I decide whether I should install a third party firewall or not.

Just to clarify... Windows 7 Firewall controls both inbound and outbound traffic?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:44 PM

Just to clarify... Windows 7 Firewall controls both inbound and outbound traffic?


Yes

Edited by KingOfIdiocy, 05 September 2010 - 01:44 PM.





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