I have a dektop PC connected to a wireless router/adsl ethernet modem and a laptop with a wireless card. Until recently I had zonealarm on both but now use SP2 as my firewall on both.
I don't need to configure the other IP address on the other machine as I did with ZA, surely I have to specify who/what is allowed through the firewall for it to be an effective firewall (The reason for the software firewall is to stop unwanted outbound connections)
That's not true. I have seen the SP2 firewall ask when some program wanted to connect to the Internet. It looks to me like a good alternative to products like ZoneAlarm, especially as it apparently knows about various Windows components and doesn't bother asking you about those.
Personally I find personall firewalls like Sygate drive me up the wall by asking me whether it's OK for some DLL that recently changed to access some weird port. I end up answering "yes" because I haven't a clue, and I'm supposed to be an expert...
I think the SP2 firewall hit the right balance for ordinary users. The main problem (and unfortunately it's a big one) is that (according to one beta tester) it's easy for a rogue program to authorize itself to pass through, just by adding its name to a list in the registry. Doh!
I know the original xp firewall only stopped incoming traffic, but I actually tested it with the symantec test,and it actually performed better than thier own norton personal firewall, According to latest reading the new xp firewall is much better so we shall see
where can i find sp2 to download so it can be put on multiple computers but only downloaded once, not using the windows update because i want the install file, i know this hasnt goto do with the topic but would like to know