Software Firewall for College Laptop

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by airrob, Aug 1, 2005.

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  1. airrob

    airrob Guest

    I am setting up a new laptop for college next year. Most of the time, I'll be in my room and behind a Linksys WRT54G hardware firewall, but I'll also be taking my laptop to unsecure locations (class, library, friends, etc.) As such, I think I want to get a software firewall.

    1. Do I need a software firewall, or will the Windows XP SP2 firewall be sufficient?

    2. If yes I do need a software firewall, which one do you guys recommend? I am looking for a *free* option. I am a computer-savvy user, but I don't want something completely convoluted. The options I have read about are...

    Kerio
    Zone Alarm
    Outpost
    Look and Stop
    Sygate

    Which would you guys recommend?
     
  2. akshay_k72

    akshay_k72 Registered Member

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    Hi airrob,

    I would advise you to view this thread which is similar to your query.

    Cheers

    Akshay.

    PS: My personal recommendation would be Zone Alarm Free.
     
  3. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

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    The Windows Firewall will suffice, but if you want application control you will need a software firewall with this ability.

    They are all good firewalls, although LnS and Outpost are not free. It is really a matter of personal preference. Of the free ones if you want rule based, Kerio 2.1.5 would be worth looking at. There are still mixed reviews on the new Kerio 4.x with some saying it works fine for them. If it is more just application based, ZA or Sygate.

    Regards,

    CrazyM
     
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