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Donger
10-25-2005, 11:59 AM
Any recommendations on a free software firewall? I've had it with ZoneAlarm.

Thanks.

htismaqe
10-25-2005, 12:22 PM
I don't know of any free ones. I don't use personal firewalls that often...

What's wrong with ZoneAlarm?

Donger
10-25-2005, 12:25 PM
I don't know of any free ones. I don't use personal firewalls that often...

What's wrong with ZoneAlarm?

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=125779

I tried the one that Michael mentioned, but it hosed my shared printer connection. So, I went back to ZoneAlarm.

theultimatekcchiefsfan
10-25-2005, 04:50 PM
Never had any problems with free zone alarm. What are your issues with it?

Goob
10-26-2005, 10:07 AM
Sygate is a freebie. It's not a resource hog like ZA.

http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

Outpost is another freebie

http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpostfree/index.php

Lzen
10-26-2005, 01:03 PM
I can't remember for sure, but doesn't Zone Alarm have some kind of inactivity setting? After a certain amount of time, it disconnects the internet link. You can change that, but I don't remember exactly how since I'm not at home and this PC at work doesn't have ZA on it.

Goob
10-26-2005, 11:29 PM
I can't remember for sure, but doesn't Zone Alarm have some kind of inactivity setting? After a certain amount of time, it disconnects the internet link. You can change that, but I don't remember exactly how since I'm not at home and this PC at work doesn't have ZA on it.

Not sure. I tried it for 5 mins then dumped it to the recycle bin. If I remember correctly it did pretty much what Norton did and made a proxy and then fed you the web page it wanted.

Some run into the HTTP_REFERRER that it blocks (you just have to add the site in the trusted area). You'll notice it if you log into a site, and then it kicks you right back out as if you never logged in.

It's all a matter of personal preferences - I personally don't like a firewall that takes over my browser. :shrug: Myself, I use sygate for the firewall, use spywareblaster to prevent the scumware and check so often with Spybots in case one slips in.

Cave Johnson
10-27-2005, 11:00 AM
Kerio Personal Firewall. It's rated higher than ZoneAlarm by cnet.

htismaqe
10-27-2005, 11:02 AM
Kerio Personal Firewall. It's rated higher than ZoneAlarm by cnet.

It's also not free.

I really like Kerio (formerly WinRoute Pro) and I've used it in one of many incarnations for quite a while.

But it's not free.

StcChief
10-27-2005, 11:19 AM
Just get the pro version.

Free you get a taste of what's possible.