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What type of firewall do you use?  

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  1. 1. What type of firewall do you use?

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At home everything goes through a Vigor 2800G Security Router ... wonderful little bit of kit. It's a bit old now, but still feature-packed.

 

Software firewall varies - a mix of Zone Alarm free (long-standing fan ... pity it's gotten so bloated) and XP built-in. Though not on the same machine obviously :).

 

I tried Comodo free once and that was awesome ... but I couldn't afford to employ someone to keep it configured properly :blink:. I uninstalled it in the end because it was such a pain to look after - but for a free product the control and flexibility were amazing.

 

Quite fancy trying Smoothwall at some point ... if ever I get an old PC I can build it on ... and the time, of course.

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I'm behind my Linksys router's firewall, and Sunbelt Personal Firewall on my Windows XP machine, and Kerio Personal Firewall on my Windows 2000 machine.

 

All three firewalls pass GRC's ShieldsUp port test with a full stealth rating. B)

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Since using the Windows 7RC, I've been happy with the built in Firewall + common sense.

I could enable the router as well but haven't got around to playing around with it.

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@ DennisD and Andavari you guys actually use window firewall yikes...

 

I have a avg 9's firewall as well as a router (which has a built in firewall) i disabled my windows firewall since that thing doesn't stop anything.

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Comodo shows me the IP address of intruders.

 

Then I check with http-://whatismyip-com/ to identify the person messing with my PC.

 

Any suggestions of a firewall that can directly disply the identity of the site trying to get into my system ?

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I hate Comodo it's the most paranoid piece of junk I've ever installed on a friend's computer and for some reason was a total pain for uninstalling too.

 

When I used to run Windows 95 I had Tiny Personal Firewall v2.0.15 (and XP SP2 compatible) it had a nice and simple interface to allow disallow applications with additional MD5 signature checks and a GUI network connection viewer tool similar to Sysinternals TCPView.

You could also create rules based on Protocol i.e. TCP, UDP, ICMP and decided what port range, IP range would have permissions and which direction e.g. in / out / both.

As a free Firewall this was the best thing I've ever used and so configurable it was a dream when compared to the likes of ZoneAlarm.

When TPF turned commercial with version 3.x everything changed it was utter bloatware / system hijacking rubbish my friend installed a cracked copy with keygen, he got so pissed off with it trashing his system he put the free version back on lol.

I understand there was a split with some of the coders so TPF 2.x became Kerio Personal Firewall which had an identical interface.

After a few years Kerio was bought out by Sunbelt and thus Sunbelt Personal Firewall was born - http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/home-home-o...sonal-firewall/

I've used Sunbelt for a few years on XP but like many security applications then tend to knock your system performance down a bit so after I bought my wireless router I uninstalled it since I had no need for incoming network protection.

 

btw: Kerio and TPF2.x can still be downloaded from http://www.oldversion.com/ :)

 

I will say that as freeware Firewall XP and Vista compatible this is an excellent and highly recommended product.

 

Richard S.

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whats wrong with windows firewall? I cant stand firewall software.

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Time to post the rules I use with CIS.

 

67, 68, 135, 137, 138, 139, 445, 1024, 1025, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030, 1433, 1434, 1900, 2869, 3389, 4899, 5000 Blocked. The End.

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT: 1024-1030 I block incoming only. Outgoing 1024-1030 is allowed.

 

 

EDIT #2: I also block all ICMP except frag needed and time exceeded. Also block every single Windows XP process from any in/out.

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Tried quite a few Firewalls, and have always returned to Windows own. (XP)

 

For inbound protection, it doesn't get any better IMHO. If you must have the two way thing, then that's it's only negative.

 

Wouldn't change now, and have given up totally trying other firewalls.

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Software firewalls are a good choice for single computers, and they work well with Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 2000. (Windows Vista and Windows XP both have a built-in firewall, so an additional firewall is not necessary.)Software firewalls are also available from other software companies.

 

 

 

 

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What type of firewall do you use?

I use the firewall that came with "Avira" security suite. I have had no problems.I used to use "Tiny" firewall it worked fine.Comodo,Zone Alarm,Kerio which now is owned by "Sunbelt" have all worked nicely for me. Regards Steven

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The Windows firewall is so basic that in my opinion it's not even worthy to be called a firewall.

It's only function is to prevent unauthorised incoming traffic it cannot prevent outbound access.

If your machine was infected by malware or a trojan downloader there would be nothing to stop it.

 

Richard S.

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The Windows firewall is so basic that in my opinion it's not even worthy to be called a firewall.

It's only function is to prevent unauthorised incoming traffic it cannot prevent outbound access.

If your machine was infected by malware or a trojan downloader there would be nothing to stop it.

 

Richard S.

 

If the machine is infected, the malware could add itself to the firewall's exceptions...don't you think ?

Besides, the Vista/7 firewall is much, much, much more than the XP one. You can do everything you'll ever need to do - even though the GUI wasn't designed for normal people.

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What type of firewall do you use?

 

Linksys WRT54G2 V1,240 mhz processor, 8 mb ram, and 2 mb flash, Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall, Internet Policy Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), WEP, Wireless MAC Filtering

128 Bits

 

Online Armor Premium 4.0.0.45

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Using Comodo for Win7, Windows Firewall for WinXP machines, all behind a router firewall.

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Comodo, I had Zonealarm many years before, worked good, but for me it failed since the last 2-3years, and as I got windows 7 I got unexplained bluescreens, over help from a different forum only was I finally able to get the answer, it was Zonealarm bugging with my 64bit version of Windows(over googling apparantly I found out this only happens at a certain RAM-size and only in 64bit systems under certain conditions). Also I got recommended comodo there, which i happily use until today, as soon as zonealarm was de-installed. Since then my system has been free of stuff.

 

Pros are beneath security, still an easy use, and on top a build in sandbox extra. But yeah here the cons: Which is quite bothersome to configurate, it tends to open programms you dont want in the sandbox, and somehow ignores excpetions sometimes. And the only other Con is: When first installing, be ready to get massive of new questions you must allow, however again a reason I love comodo: You can make it remember the decision, this only works for this programm and this rule, for example when you update you will always be questioned, its the same old trusted file, but its a new and different request then the old one. But it is indeed a small nuisance when you install it for the first time, until it learned the rules for the programms and your system.

 

Comodo provided me personally at least with excellent results overall, and im happy with it.

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