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Is Xp Firewall Worth It?

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#1 TexasRock


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Posted 19 November 2005 - 10:25 AM

I run XP and was wondering if the firewall is good? Also, what is the best way to keep it up to date?


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#2 acklan


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Posted 19 November 2005 - 02:26 PM

Not compared to the freeware.

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Sygate 5.4(I personally use)
Zone Alarm

Best of all... they are free.
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Posted 19 November 2005 - 02:37 PM

TexasRock: Let me quote something we have in our HijackThis and Analysis Forum.

If you do not run a firewall, download one. This also applies to using Microsoft's built-in firewall with Windows XP SP-2. The problem with the built-in firewall is that it only monitors what tries to get in, anything that is already in your system, can dial out. So if you have a Trojan that steals passwords, the passwords can be sent out... Of course this can also happen to your financial data, or social security number, etc. So a, so called, one-way firewall is not good! Use a good firewall like Sygate Personal Firewall or ZoneLabs Zone Alarm.

Please also see this tutorial on Understanding and Using Firewalls.


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Posted 19 November 2005 - 02:52 PM

I wholely agree with our esteemed moderators. Get a different firewall! I use Zone Alarm, and I am pleased with it! :thumbsup: A word of advice, though; once you get a new firewall, make sure to disable the built in firewall that comes with XP: if you don't, it will cause all kinds of connection problems (I learned this the hard way!). As acklan stated, only one should be running. Good luck!

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