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#1 ron2014

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 08:55 PM

I used to use Zone Alarm awhile back in XP which would alert me when a program or process was accessing the internet for whatever reason. It would show a pop up which asked if i wanted to permit the program through or not. Is there a program like this for Win 7?
 
Also, any program that alerts you when your Mic and camera are being accessed by unauthorized users? I am testing  2 apps for my android phone called Camera block free and Microphone block free that does this. Seem to work o.k. on my phone.
 
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 10:44 PM

As far as I know ZoneAlarm also supports Windows 7.

You can also use Comodo Firewall (remember to uncheck Install Comodo Antivirus).

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 12:04 AM

 

Also, any program that alerts you when your Mic and camera are being accessed by unauthorized users? I am testing  2 apps for my android phone called Camera block free and Microphone block free that does this. Seem to work o.k. on my phone.

These sorts of apps are next to  useless on a PC or Phone for that matter, If you need software to stop a bad guy or malware turning on your PC camera or mic then the damage is already done, They have to access and control of the device. Wouldn't it be wiser to stop them before they get in?


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:10 AM

 

 

Also, any program that alerts you when your Mic and camera are being accessed by unauthorized users? I am testing  2 apps for my android phone called Camera block free and Microphone block free that does this. Seem to work o.k. on my phone.

These sorts of apps are next to  useless on a PC or Phone for that matter, If you need software to stop a bad guy or malware turning on your PC camera or mic then the damage is already done, They have to access and control of the device. Wouldn't it be wiser to stop them before they get in?

 

That is what I am trying to do. Stop them before. What is the solution?



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:13 AM

As far as I know ZoneAlarm also supports Windows 7.

You can also use Comodo Firewall (remember to uncheck Install Comodo Antivirus).

Thanks. I haven't used  comodo yet. Will check it out.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 01:43 PM

As far as I know ZoneAlarm also supports Windows 7.

You can also use Comodo Firewall (remember to uncheck Install Comodo Antivirus).


Comodo Firewall probably have the most agressive HIPS I've ever seen. Keeping it enabled when you run a scan, no matter what kind of scan it is, will drive you crazy, talking from personal exexperience here :P If you indeed want to know everything that is happening on your system in any way there is: pop-ups, warnings, logs, schedules, etc., then Comodo Firewall is the firewall to go for this. I support that. It can just be a double-edged sword for an user who wouldn't know how to use it properly.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 02:02 PM

Comodo Firewall probably have the most agressive HIPS I've ever seen. Keeping it enabled when you run a scan, no matter what kind of scan it is, will drive you crazy, talking from personal exexperience here :P If you indeed want to know everything that is happening on your system in any way there is: pop-ups, warnings, logs, schedules, etc., then Comodo Firewall is the firewall to go for this. I support that. It can just be a double-edged sword for an user who wouldn't know how to use it properly.

Have you tried Emsisoft Online Armor? It can drive you insane with the HIPS. :P

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 02:05 PM

I didn't try it yet but I intend to buy Emsisoft Internet Security for a year once my Kaspersky licence expires so I guess I'll see then! :) I've heard good things about it, if it's as they say, I won't regret investing in it!

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 02:31 PM

FYI, the firewall in Emsisoft Internet Security does not have HIPS. If you need HIPS you'll have to install the standalone Online Armor.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:05 PM

Can anybody explain to this Linux user what's wrong with the Windows firewall?



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:11 PM

Can anybody explain to this Linux user what's wrong with the Windows firewall?

Sometimes people want to monitor what exactly is going on in their machine, Nick - not just blocking the baddies. :P

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:12 PM

Can anybody explain to this Linux user what's wrong with the Windows firewall?


The fact that nothing's wrong with the Windows Firewall, but third-party firewall most of the time have a better HIPS for the people that want to know exactly what's going on their system when it comes to processes and network communications? :P

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:35 PM

Sometimes people want to monitor what exactly is going on in their machine, Nick - not just blocking the baddies. :P

There are third-party tools for Windows Firewall which allows you to do and see more.
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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:43 PM

Thanks Quietman

 

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I do not see the point of installing a 3rd party firewall when the Windows 1 is just as good, Add to that Windows Firewall Control for Windows 8, 7, Vista and you are set.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:47 PM

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