Which Free Firewall?

  mbp 11:35 25 Dec 2004

I am thinking of switching from my Retail AV-FW protection to one of the popular Free Firewalls and would like to hear of readers experiences.There has been an comprehensive thread on AV's so what about FW's? Thanks.

  VoG II 11:38 25 Dec 2004

I like ZoneAlarm click here

  Gongoozler 11:56 25 Dec 2004

A year or two back ZoneAlarm did go through a period of instability on some installations, but I must say that I've not had any problems with the last few versions. I'm now using version and it's behaving perfectly. I've installed it on a few machines running Xp Home and Pro, with and without SP2, as well as systems running Windows 98. In my computer it's also quite happy with Avast antivirus.

  Taran 11:56 25 Dec 2004

This is a large topic and not easily answered.

It very much depends on your own abilities and how involved you want to be with your firewall.

About the best point and click firewall is ZoneAlarm, recommended by VoG™. By point and click I don't mean it is a simple program, because it isn't, but it is easy to use in that you basically install it and, apart from choosing a few minor options, let it get on with what it does.

If you want to roll your sleeves up and get all technical, you'd be hard pressed to beat Outpost which, in my opinion, is about the best overall software firewall for Windows desktop computers click here

Software firewalls on their own are limited in the protection they can offer (as are hardware firewalls) and the best system is often to have both running, but this is not without its own potential pitfalls.

I run a very strong hardware firewall as part of my network at home and a similar product at my office at work. Both are industry standard and not much can get through unless I ask it to. I don't run a software firewall at all, but then, I don't go downloading from the internet here, there and everywhere and I always know exactly what I install on my computers. All emails are plain text which on its own can be a life saver.

There are a lot of steps to locking down a PC but any firewall is better than nothing and ZoneAlarm does the job for a lot of people.

  bretsky 13:13 25 Dec 2004

Had Z/A free version for some time now and no problems and one thing though, every time a new update comes out you have to do a complete reinstall of the program(recommended) and therefore I have to set aside about 1/2 hour to reconfigure it again to allow or deny programs to have access to the net.

Pro version NOT recommended to use with Panda av, but yes, highly recommend it.

bretsky ;0)

  D G 13:34 25 Dec 2004

I use sygate,I think that and ZA are the good freebies.click here

  Belatucadrus 13:51 25 Dec 2004

click here

Magazine review rated Zone Alarm Pro as the best firewall overall and Kerio as the best free one.

click here

  D G 13:54 25 Dec 2004

Sorry I'd forgotten about that one,too much festive spirit.DG

  Kryten 14:44 25 Dec 2004

Sygate personal is the best I have tried of all the free one's (Outpost / Zone Alarm / Tiny), Especially if you plan to network in the future.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:30 25 Dec 2004

Firewalls :-
Kerio4 click here
Sygate click here
ZoneAlarm click here

I use Zone Alarm been ok for years.

  spuds 16:33 25 Dec 2004

ZoneAlarm as worked for many people without any problems, so I would suggest that you go for that. Here is a site worth browsing through,for firewall's and other usefull information and downloads click here

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