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    Personally, i have never understood the need for a firewall! What exactly do you wish to achieve by the firewall? I mean i have never come across any program i use for which i would want to cut off internet access!


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    ^A firewall acts as a barrier between the public internet and your private computer or network and blocks threats including some viruses.

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    i dont know what i would do without a firewall. before, i didnt have one turned on..then viruses attacked me. if youre an internet freak like me, you need some kind of "detterent"

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    One of the best firewall testers, which does not say which is best is shields up which is found at grc.com

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    once i used outpost...but ya it's kinda irritating

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    well, in the meanwhile some things changed

    Results and comments - matousec.com

    Now OnLine Armor 3 free is listed.
    As I got some problems with OnLine Amor 3 free, now I'm using Comodo Internet Security 3.5 (without Comodo Antivirus, Defense + and some optional toolbar for IE) + Kasperky Antivirus 2009 + MalwareBytes' AntiMalware 1.33 in my laptop with Vista Home Premium SP 1.

    And everything is all right

    However I know that OnLine Amor 3.1 beta (it's a public beta) fixed many issues as you can see

    Online Armor forums - View Single Post - Online Armor 3.1 Public Beta Released

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweakwindows View Post
    ^A firewall acts as a barrier between the public internet and your private computer or network and blocks threats including some viruses.
    @alsiladka, in addition to tweakwindows response, should your computer become infected, a software firewall also acts as a barrier to block the infector from calling home.

    I use the Windows Vista Firewall behind a Linksys WRT160N router. Linksys.com ? Products/Wireless/Basic Networking/Broadband Routers/Wireless-N (draft 802.11n)/WRT160N. (By the way, WVC member, Vista4Beginners, has a nice tutorial on the Windows Vista firewall: Windows Firewall | Windows Vista for Beginners

    Since I find I am still running up against logs where the users don't have a software firewall, I keep the list of firewall programs free for personal use handy (Due to the Ask toolbar leofelix alluded to I don't choose to list either Comodo or ZA.)

    Agnitum Outpost Firewall
    Kerio Personal Firewall
    Online Armor Free

    Scott Finnie did a review of firewalls last year and selected Online Armor as the best product. (See Scot?s Newsletter Blog Blog Archive The Best Firewall Software of 2008: Online Armor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    @alsiladka, in addition to tweakwindows response, should your computer become infected, a software firewall also acts as a barrier to block the infector from calling home.

    I use the Windows Vista Firewall behind a Linksys WRT160N router. Linksys.com ? Products/Wireless/Basic Networking/Broadband Routers/Wireless-N (draft 802.11n)/WRT160N. (By the way, WVC member, Vista4Beginners, has a nice tutorial on the Windows Vista firewall: Windows Firewall | Windows Vista for Beginners

    Since I find I am still running up against logs where the users don't have a software firewall, I keep the list of firewall programs free for personal use handy (Due to the Ask toolbar leofelix alluded to I don't choose to list either Comodo or ZA.)

    Agnitum Outpost Firewall
    Kerio Personal Firewall
    Online Armor Free

    Scott Finnie did a review of firewalls last year and selected Online Armor as the best product. (See Scot?s Newsletter Blog Blog Archive The Best Firewall Software of 2008: Online Armor)
    This product at the time of the testing was for XP ONLY and from what I am reading it still doesn't include Vista (unless I've got it wrong). Personally I still got for AVG internet Security, because it does always rate highly in testing yes it does have a large foot-print, but with security suites, which ever you choose, you have one product that does everything and you don't have to then to look around for each individual part. And on the subject of testing every person seems to come up with a different idea which is why I like Steve Gibson's Shiled Up. It doesn't tell you what is best, only how your firewall is working. The Vista built-in firewall did well in the test, so if you want a free one then you might as well stick with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alsiladka View Post
    Personally, i have never understood the need for a firewall! What exactly do you wish to achieve by the firewall? I mean i have never come across any program i use for which i would want to cut off internet access!
    Firewall filters your internet traffic and enables to open or block ports or protocols for sepcifice apps...

    Like if you want block IE to use internet...just simple add iexplore.exe in blocked app list and select HTTP or 8080 port.

    Thats it....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    (Due to the Ask toolbar leofelix alluded to I don't choose to list either Comodo or ZA.)
    hi Corrine,
    yes I meant Ask toolbar and "Comodo safety surf" (or something similar), I do not need them.
    I also use a router, but I prefer to use a powerful personal firewall too.
    I want to know what software is trying to connect, what kind of intrusion I can stop etc etc etc.
    Thank you and sorry for my poor english

    Regards

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