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#1 nanasue

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 12:12 PM

My son thinks my computer may not have a firewall and thinks I should have one. He told me that I should ask you guys if there is a free firewall that you would recommend for my laptop?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:03 PM

Hi Nana :)

The truth is that if you're running Windows 8, you have the in-built Windows Firewall, so you indeed have one. The Windows Firewall is usually quite good and is enough to not need a third party firewall, however its all a matter of preferences. A lot of helpers here recommend the Windows Firewall since its quite efficient and easy to use for the normal user. However, if you wish to use a third party alternative, let me know and I can give you some recommendations based on your computer specs. And if you're really using Windows 8, I suggest you to upgrade to Windows 8.1 right away to have an up to date Windows that will enhance its security but also its features.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:07 PM

I agree with Aura.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:13 PM

IMO, A firewall without HIPS is not that good.  You need granular control over what apps are allowed to run.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:20 PM

Hi there :)

IMO, A firewall without HIPS is not that good.  You need granular control over what apps are allowed to run.

HIPS-oriented firewall like Comodo Firewall or Emsisoft Online Armor can be very annoying to average users, as they will ask to let what programs run every step of the way.

If the user is just a standard user with a reliable AV and AM solution, then the Windows Firewall is enough.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:58 PM

HIPS-oriented firewall like Comodo Firewall or Emsisoft Online Armor can be very annoying to average users, as they will ask to let what programs run every step of the way.

If the user is just a standard user with a reliable AV and AM solution, then the Windows Firewall is enough.

I agree with that.
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Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:47 PM

IMO, A firewall without HIPS is not that good.  You need granular control over what apps are allowed to run.


You have to keep in mind that a lot of firewall HIPS are user-dependent, such as COMODO's one. As effective as HIPS is as blocking processes, actions and warning the user about it, if a common user was to use HIPS without knowing what he's doing exactly, he could end up cutting his system from the Internet or even let a malware slip throught the HIPS. At this point, I would consider a firewall with HIPS for medium users that knows what they're doing.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:27 PM

That's true.  Sometimes I forget that the stuff I know isn't so basic :)


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:29 PM

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 06:05 PM

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 06:14 PM

No need to apologize if you fit in the latter group.
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