Outpost Firewall Pro vs. Online Armor vs Comodo?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by php111, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. php111

    php111 Registered Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    What are the differences between these firewalls?

    Outpost Firewall Pro
    Online Armor Personal Firewall

    Comodo Firewall Pro

    What does everyone recommend out of those 3? Also, does any of the first 2 firewalls have a similar uTorrent guide to what Comodo has? In other words, does the guide I am going to give exists in a different way but on Outpost, or on Armor forums?

  2. jrmhng

    jrmhng Registered Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    In terms of recommendation, really depends on what you are looking for. They all have a strong behavior blocker. Is that critical to you? Is basic outbound protection important to you? Are you just looking for inbound protection?
  3. subset

    subset Registered Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    There is no need for a p2p guide for Online Armor, as it works fine 'out of the box' and generates the rules automatically.

    I just set my p2p programs to "Trusted" and "Run safer" in Programs and leave the Firewall option "Autoconfigure trusted programs" enabled.
    That's all.

    OA Webhelp info about p2p.

  4. php111

    php111 Registered Member

    Sep 16, 2007

    I am looking for strong protection on both inbound, and outbound. Will any of those firewalls I said be good for me? Which one will be the #1 strongest? Neither of the ones I said?
  5. DarkButterfly

    DarkButterfly Registered Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    I can say anything about Online Armor, but I can tell that you will be fine with Comodo or Outpost.

    Now, it depends on what you want from them. They both have their strong points and not so strong points.

    Lets say you wish to import IP,domain, mac, etc blocklists to the firewall. CFP only allows you to input 1 by 1 and won't allow you to export it (wouldn't do any good anyway, since you can't even import lists), and it places the blocked IPs, etc at the Windows registry. Something that is not welcome. Already suggested in Comodo's forum to change the way it handles this matter.
    Also, if you want to just allow a process or anything else for just 1 time, you will have to uncheck the remember my answer option. To remember you will have to check it again.
    Other than that, well, I just enjoy using it. Plus, it is free.

    Now, Outpost, IMO, I just don't like the ad blocking feature. It's just about the only sidedown I see in it. There are other options to block ads without consuming more resources, and most of all, free and best of all options.
    And it is paid. Not aware of a free version, and if there is, it is a crippled version of the Pro version.

    If you stick with CFP (why not) and if you intent to block IPs, then you could make use of the free and open sourced application PeerGuardian as an addition to CFP.

    Hope this helps you somehow. But this is just how I see it.

    Best regards
  6. IceCube1010

    IceCube1010 Registered Member

    Apr 26, 2008
    You really can't go wrong with any of them. Outpost is very good but you need to pay. Online Armor is very good but you need to pay. The Free version is good but lacks some key features. Comodo is very good and free. I have used all of these and I'm testing CIS as we speak.

  7. jmonge

    jmonge Registered Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    what is cis?
  8. danny9

    danny9 Departed Friend

    Feb 18, 2004
    Clinton Twp. Mi
    Comodo Internet Security.

    The firewall, av and anti spyware.
  9. Sully

    Sully Registered Member

    Dec 23, 2005
    If you have your services tweaked, and have shut down open ports you don't need open, and reside behind a router with nat, and have a known clean OS, and trust your programs installed you are protected.

    If you are going to use an internet facing application (browser, email client, etc), then you introduce a degree of concern. If you use a hips/av, you decrease your degree of concern. If you use like Sandboxie, you decrease your concern even more if you run internet facing apps through it.

    If you use a drive imaging tool, you have no concerns that cannot be fixed (unless you have a lan).

    If you use a LUA, you have very few concerns except for either keylogging somehow or your personal data in your %profile%. System wise, you are likely to be un-concerned.

    A software firewall, when existing behind a router, is not needed. If you want to manage a few ports or addresses that may be open, or you want to be a server of some kind, then the built in OS firewall or IPSEC will work.

    If you just have to know what application is doing what, then you enter the world of software firewalls. If you just want to know, if you want to stop something from updating, if you watch for new processes trying to get network access, all of these you will like the firewall that you can

    A) understand
    B) navigate the GUI the best
    C) manage your rules in the least amount of time/clicks/prompts

    I am of the opinion anymore, that given the plethora of tools/apps/tweaks/configurations available today, that the days of saying "I want the most secure" firewall are gone.

    Your security, IMHO, resides more on what you know, what you do, and what helper tools you use.

    That being said, I use Outpost v2, and my set of 'preset' rules include one special ruleset for svchost.exe, and 2 generic rules, Allow and Deny. It is only because Outpost v2 is, for me, the best to USE.

    Comodo, IMO, is way too chatty. And unlike Outpost, I find no easy way to neuter it to my likings.

    As for the others, OA included, some are OK, some are more frustrating. All comes down to what my tastes are.

    One thing for me, I place absolutely 0% of my choices based upon results of some sponsored leak test. I don't need a software firewall. I just want to know what is going on. If they made something like 'little snitch' for M$ systems, I would use that instead.

    My .02 anyway.

  10. guest

    guest Guest

    I have use the 3 softwares and in my opinion Outpost Firewall Pro is the best
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