Firewall or Packet Filter?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Megalomaniac, Nov 13, 2007.

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  1. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Registered Member

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    Hello.
    I don't know if what I am looking for is a packet filter or a firewall, but I am hoping someone can steer me in the right direction.
    I want a soft which basically determines which program can make outbound connections, so that I don't have softs phoning home without my knowledge, etc.
    I don't need HIPs and all that other stuff.

    Thanks.
     
  2. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

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    Youre looking for a software firewall.
     
  3. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Registered Member

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    Ok, thanks!
    Would you be so kind as to recommend the lightest, simplest firewall able to accomplish this, control of outbound connections?
    Almost every soft these days are checking for updates; I just want my browser to go out and that's it.

    EDIT: Duh. I see someone just asked the same question yesterday, with the title, "Outbound?".
    Thanks, WSFuser!
     
  4. Stem

    Stem Firewall Expert

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    You are basically looking for an application firewall, rather than a rules based firewall. (where an application is allowed internet access with only one popup(or a split on outbound/inbound?), to allow or not?. Packet filtering should actually be done in both.

    That thread refers to a user with a router, and given advice on possibly using an HIPS (which you prefer not to).


    Are you behind a router?
    A firewall such as Jetico1 could, with some editing of rules, give you the application control, and packet filtering, with minimal system usage, and (with correct policy) minimal popups.
     
  5. AJohn

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    Look'n'Stop without the network filtering would provide what you want.
     
  6. wat0114

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    The firewall you can use depends on the O/S you are using. Not all of them are Vista compatible.
     
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