Please, Help me decide...

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  1. Tyrizian

    Tyrizian Registered Member

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    Which one would you choose, if these were your only choices?

    PrivateFirewall - Pros: Light on resources, Good Protection, Great Customer Service Cons: Max 300 Comodo Leak Test Score

    Or...

    SpyShelter Firewall - Pros: Light on resources, Perfect Comodo Leak Test Score, Good Protection Cons: Very poor Customer Service.

    Needing help deciding upon these two only, your help will be appreciated

    Thanks
     
  2. siketa

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    I would choose PF.
     
  3. Tyrizian

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    If you don't mind me asking...What are your reasons?
     
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    You should specify you current configuration as depending on the setup and security software used an addittional firewall may not be justified (limited added value) as compared to default OS firewall.

    Also assessing a firewall using another company marketing tool will result in biased information. That leaktest is old, do not always work correctly and can give incorrect information.

    The only way to test your short list is to use it in real life environment (your PC your daily use). Othwise you will get generic statement, use this use that, this is buggy this is not, etc. :)
     
  5. Tyrizian

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    I use avast Free Antivirus and NoVirusThanks EXE Radar Pro, and want to throw in one of the two Firewalls into the mix.

    Currently I'm behind a NAT Firewall, paired with Windows Firewall

    I want a little more control and better protection, which is why I need to replace Windows Firewall

    My surfing habits are always security sites, news sites and tech sites, I surf nothing else.

    When I do go to download sites, such as softpedia, downloadcrew, etc., I'm always careful with what enters my machine when installing.

    So, my chances of encountering a malicious site and or download are slim.

    I update, scan and backup constantly.

    I would like to replace Windows Firewall, because I've never fully trusted it and I always get an uneasy feeling when I use it.

    and even though I may not be considered under that "High Risk" category of users, you never know....anything can happen.

    Which is why I would like to choose one of the two firewalls I listed above (More control, better protection and light on resources)
     
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  6. siketa

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    1) It is free
    2) It is simple to setup
    3) It offers very good HIPS (IMHO)
    4) It is easy on system resources
    5) It has good support
    6) It is mature product
    7) It has simple and advanced popups with good design

    We could talk about GUI...they told me it should be changed in future v8.
     
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    Support is poor.
     
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    With the protection you already have and because you are behing a router why not consider something like Tinywall which will give you complete control over any outbound connections.
    I feel that with the protection you already have there is no need for the extra features with PF and SS.
     
  9. fax

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    The only reason I see for having a different firewall than the windows firewall is if you don't trust what you have already installed on your system. Otherwise, NoVirusThanks EXE Radar Pro should take care of the unknown applications or components running on the system. The value added in terms of improved security in your setup (by adding another firewall) is more than negligible.

    IMO I would rather invest in complementary layers to improve the overall security such as full browser sandboxing and/or behavioral tools that are largely not covered by the tools installed.
     
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    Sorry to be different :)
    Personally with your setup i would use Online Armor.
     
  11. Tyrizian

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    Thank you Siketa, those are all good reasons :thumb:
     
  12. Tyrizian

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    Tinywall didn't work well for me, at least when I tested it.

    Thanks for the suggestion though, I appreciate it :thumb:
     
  13. Tyrizian

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    Thank you for the advice

    I do have a lifetime license of Sandboxie, I could put that back on there :thumb:

    HaHaHa,

    Decisions, Decisions
     
  14. Tyrizian

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    Don't get me wrong, Online Armor is great (I've used it before)

    It just has too many processes and more memory than I would like.

    I like a Firewall that has no more than two processes and one that uses less than 25 MB of RAM...I know, I'm picky.

    That is why I am contemplating between these two...they fit the bill perfectly.

    Thanks for your suggestion though
     
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  15. The Red Moon

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    I absolutely agree with this post.Your behind a router and the windows firewall should be more than enough.
    As for the 2 choices which you provided,i would go for the privatefirewall.
    The man behind PFW is a true gentleman and when i was having problems with installing and setting it up he was sending me emails personally and advising me and i have never ever come across better support but unfortunately i still could not resolve the stealth issue.
     
  16. Tyrizian

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    Yeah, I've heard really great thing's about their customer service.

    But what I want to know, Is the guy behind Privacyware/Privatefirewall just a one man show, or is it a team of people?

    If you don't know, then that's ok.
     
  17. The Red Moon

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    i would hazard a guess that greg has others working with him.i would not personally allow that to affect my decision.the support is incredible.:thumb:
     
  18. siketa

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    Greg says "We" in emails so it has to be more than one man show. :)
     
  19. Tyrizian

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    Oh, I know...I was just curious
     
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    i use SpyShelter Firewall and that amazing and powerful

    you can control dangerous behavior of any program
    simple to use
    easy install and easy to understand how that work
    nice gui
    low memory usage
    lifetime license

    just try that.
     
  21. Disney

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    LOL . Asking for configuarations ? Ha . OP asked a simple question . The answer would be Private Firewall . If you decide to look at others , let us know . Configurations can be made to work . The better of the two is PF .
     
  22. Tyrizian

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    :D :thumb: , Thanks Disney
     
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  23. The Red Moon

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    Why the big concern over outbound alerts etc.You can simply block programs you dont trust in windows firewall.Personally if you dont trust the software than either uninstall it or block it.;)
     
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