Free firewall, what to choose?

Discussion in 'polls' started by ako, Oct 22, 2009.

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Free firewall, what to choose?

  1. Comodo

    36 vote(s)
    19.8%
  2. Outpost

    23 vote(s)
    12.6%
  3. PCTools

    11 vote(s)
    6.0%
  4. Zonealarm

    6 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. Online armor

    42 vote(s)
    23.1%
  6. Kerio

    6 vote(s)
    3.3%
  7. Windows firewall

    50 vote(s)
    27.5%
  8. Privatefirewall

    3 vote(s)
    1.6%
  9. Jetico

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  10. Webroot

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  11. NetVeda Safety.Net

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  12. Ashampoo

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  13. Filseclab

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  1. ako

    ako Registered Member

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    Free firewall, what to choose?
     
  2. SafetyFirst

    SafetyFirst Registered Member

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    Online Armor - good free firewall + good free HIPS
     
  3. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

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    Pick the firewall that matches these criteria:
    1. Pick one that is compatible with your OS. Some old ones won't work on Vista or Win7. Some new ones won't work on 2K or 9X.
    2. Pick the firewall that matches your skill. A pure rule based firewall won't help someone with no knowlegde of internet protocol or the IP system.
    3. Choose a firewall to fill the role you have for it. Do you want just an internet firewall or a whole package. Many security apps have kernel level components. They can do strange things when there's more than one involved. Avoid duplicating coverage. That's where conflicts come from.
    Don't worry about test results, especially those d@mned leaktests. Their results are very dependent on the configuration of your security apps and are designed to favor suites or combined packages. How well any individual security apps fares against them doesn't matter. What counts is how well your whole package works as a unit. If you must test, test the whole system, and don't assume a failed test is a weak application. Most of the time, a failed test means that further configuration is needed.

    Make a backup of your system before trying out firewalls. This way you always start with a clean system with no unremoved leftovers interfering with the next trial.

    As for a firewall preference, I like Kerio 2 supplemented with SSM, but I'm partial to rule based apps and separate components. Not a setup for a novice or casual user. Don't make your decision based on poll results or others preferences. More than anything else, your choice must fit you.
     
  4. Stem

    Stem Firewall Expert

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    As WIPFW is not listed, I have chosen Windows inbuilt firewall.


    - Stem
     
  5. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    Windows Vista fw.
     
  6. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    Windows!
     
  7. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Registered Member

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    Missing quite a few open source *nix hardware firewalls in the options...Endian, IPCop-Copfilter, Untangle, PFSense, etc.
     
  8. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

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    I like Private Firewall.
    But there are some very good choices on the list.
    Everyone has their favorite.;)
     
  9. act8192

    act8192 Registered Member

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    No option for 'other'?

    I know it's a heresy on this forum to suggest Sunbelt's version of the Kerio 2.1.5 firewall, but it's wonderful, even in the free version (plus SSM), once configured in a way similar to Kerio plus being able to use IP groups, the simple interface, fast user switching, good logs.

    Outpost free is wonderful too, though the logs in the free version are lacking allowed connections, and sifting through the applications isn't as simple as in the Kerio-style firewall.
     
  10. SammyJack

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  11. SammyJack

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    I wonder is this is the Windows firewall in Vista/7,with outbound protection enabled,or the simple Xp inbound firewall.
     
  12. mercurie

    mercurie A Friendly Creature

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    From Vista on I would use the Windows one as a free one.
     
  13. progress

    progress Guest

    I second that :)
     
  14. nomarjr3

    nomarjr3 Registered Member

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    ZoneAlarm Free :thumb:


    The "original" and the best (for me atleast :D )
     
  15. hayc59

    hayc59 Updates Team

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    Outpost Free and then if that does not tickle your
    fancy....Online Armor Free :thumb:
     
  16. icr

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    My vote for Online Armor.
    Outpost and Comodo are also very good.
     
  17. blacknight

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    Comodo, but Online Armor as second one.
     
  18. Ibrad

    Ibrad Registered Member

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    PC Tools Firewall Plus or Windows :D
     
  19. Ed_H

    Ed_H Registered Member

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    Online Armor is excellent and includes a very good (and quiet) HIPS.

    If you are running Vista, the Windows firewall should be fine.
     
  20. nikanthpromod

    nikanthpromod Registered Member

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    windows firewall - simple , no disturbance:)
    Outpost firewall free( if u want outbound protection)
     
  21. hello2007

    hello2007 Guest

    windows firewall are you serious? it doesnt even have out protection only in protection
     
  22. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    Yes it does.
     
  23. korben

    korben Registered Member

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    Never been able to install Outpost Free on Vista Sp1
    On win 7 - cannot be installed either.
    Windows FW? You gotta be kidding me.
     
  24. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    Ingenious input there batman.
     
  25. korben

    korben Registered Member

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    unless you are a moderator - leave it to them, robin
     
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