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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Timh, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. Timh

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    I am running Windows XP and my Internet provider is AOL.
    I need a reliable firewall (free one) I have tried Zone Alarm but I kept having connection problems.
    Can someone please recommend a free Firewall to try.

    Thanks
     
  2. Sinzer

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    I assume you are using a broadband connection?

    Zonealarm is the best free firewall. For home use with Windows XP you can enable the in-built firewall, which should suffice, however you will most likely have to buy one if you want a decent one.

    I would personally recommend buying a router with firewall software built in so that you do not suffer any performance problems, also if you get a new PC etc you can easily hook it up (this applies to X-Box live and PS2 broadband also!) :)

    If you are running a Dial Up connection, I wouldn't even bother with a firewall, the likelyhood of being hacked is very slim.
     
  3. kevenh

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  4. Timh

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    You learn something everyday :) now I just need to find it, I will also take a look at the one Kevenh recommended.
    BTW no broadband at my house... yet :)

    Thanks
     
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    no problems here with ZoneAlarm on broadband... odd.

    just a dialup thing then?
     
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    Zonealarm Pro, latest version should work fine with XP. It works on either dial-up or broadband. I wouldn`t trust MS, full stop.

    Blackice Defender actually pipped Zonealarm in trials and is widely available on the net and runs on XP.

    If you want any software for that matter, just download Kazaa-lite . Make sure you get the lite version. Search for whatever you want.;)
     
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    Sorry to put a dampner or it but I tried a free trial of AOL when I moved recently while I was waiting for broadband and it is not posssible to enable the built in firewall in XPpro as it is not a normal dialup connection and you cannot select properties, (I verified this with AOL technical).:(

    My advice is try a different isp.
     
  9. MartinCo

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    I was involved in the installation of our big Unix firewall at work..

    I can honestly say that the Microsoft provided one is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. switch to something else. ASAP.

    ZoneAlarm is fine for me, very configurable.

    I've actually seen 2 or 3 reviews where it comforably beat Blackice Defender so doing some reading up.

    I remember Blackice actually let some of the attacks through so not wonderful. you at least want to block all the nasty stuff.
     
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    The XP firewall is limited. It's not a full firewall.
    Remember that ICF doesn't stop outbound internet connections. This is important because if you should happen to accidentally open a Trojan horse that was located in an email attachment, ICF would not stop it from making a connection out from your computer.
     
  11. Timh

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    Yes.. I tried it last night and failed :(
     
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    I am currently running the Sygate firewall recommended by Kevenh, so thanks to you :)

    No problems connecting and My flight sim seems to work alright online.
     
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    I thouroughly recommend Norton Personal Firewall, I was using Zonealarm but this is soooo much more configurable and reliable too!! I had all sorts of oddities happening on my machine with Zonealarm.

    Dave
     
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    I previously used Internet Connection Sharing and Zonealarm Pro software solutions.

    I recommend the Netgear Websafe router RP(?)11. This is about £60.

    This gives you a 4 port 10/100 network switch/hub and a single WAN network connection which goes to the cable modem. It is basically hardware NAT (like Windows internet connection sharing)ICS.

    I prefer this because I don't have to be running a server pc to allow any pc on the network to get internet access. If it was turned off, it only takes about 20 seconds to initialise (most of this is waiting for the cable modem to negotiate).

    I was having problems with NTL ip addresses changing with ICS/Zonealarm. I think the firewall was preventing WAN DHCP lease renewals. It also got into a state sometimes (DNS timeouts) if NTL went down and came back up, then needing the ICS machine to be re-booted.

    No such problems with the router, even if NTL goes down it seems to handle reconnecting when it comes back-up.

    It might still be sensible to run a software firewall on desktop PC's to help prevent any trojans running. However I feel a stealth internet connection, no open ports and also running a good up-to-date Norton AntiVirus on all machines should warn of any trojans accidentally picked-up.

    regards,
    Rob.
     
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    Anyone concerned with their pc security can get checked out at www.grc.com Steve Gibson research. He can hack black ice, but not ZA, either free or pro.
     
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    I'm using Tiny personal firewall,
    Its a nice small little free program that allows you to control all incomming and outgoing traffic. I've just upgraded to V3.0 which costs a fair bit more, but its bloody complicated. This version beats the rest though. Zone alarm, Norton- puts them all to shame. It did have somewhere on their website that its used by the U.S military.
    Spunky
     

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