CHX-I vs. Windows Firewall - Whats the difference?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by squash, Oct 15, 2005.

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  1. squash

    squash Registered Member

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    Both can stealth you.
    Windows Firewall can stealth you.
    CHX-I can stealth you.

    So what additional protection does CHX-I if all it does is stealthed? If your stealthed your protected, right?
     
  2. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

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    CHX-I also has the ability to define outbound rules. The only outbound filtering the Windows firewall currently does is for a few ICMP types.

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    Yes, but I'm talking about inbound protection only.
    They both stealth you, but does one protect you inbound more then the other or are they both the same?
     
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    CrazyM Firewall Expert

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    Both offer good inbound protection. CHX-I does offer more configuration options with it's rules abilities.

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    CHX-I offers SPI (stateful inspection), which deals with fragmentation anomalies of packets, while Windows Firewall does not. Plus, as has been mentioned, CHX-I offers outbound control of port destinations and site addresses. I've been using CHX-I for a long time and I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend Jetico Firewall (has SPI) , as well.
     
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    Thanks Trespasser, that's the type of answer I was looking for. :)
     
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    SPI is something that most current software firewalls do, including the Windows firewall. Although not all vendors are that forthcoming with information on their implementation of it. CHX-I documentation (and configuration) is good in this regard.

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