vista firewall or something like comodo?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by mango, Jan 26, 2008.

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  1. mango

    mango Registered Member

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    ive had vista for some time on a laptop. Ive been using vistas firewall since ive been behind trusted wireless routers, both at home and work.

    Since im going on the road and using unsecure\public connections im thinking of more security.

    ive used comodo before on a laptop with winxp pro, but not on vista.

    so,- is comodo better preferred than vistas firewall?

    And how is it with memory, as i remember it was a little hungry on winxp?
     
  2. Dieselman

    Dieselman Registered Member

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    Hungry............what? I used Comodo 2.4 back in the days and it was never ever hungry. 3.0 is just the same even lighter. Comodo is one of the lightest firewalls around next to Online Armor but Online Armor has no Vista support. Look-N-Stop is light but not free.
     
  3. WSFuser

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    If you just need inbound protection then the Vista firewall would be fine.

    If you want outbound protection then get Comodo.
     
  4. Fedorov999

    Fedorov999 Registered Member

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    Comodo v3 runs great, nice and light on Vista, highly recommended (new user as of 1 week ago).
     
  5. mike113377

    mike113377 Registered Member

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    Interesting thread ...
    What are the risks of connecting to public hotspots? How do some firewalls would protect the average user?
     
  6. SystemJunkie

    SystemJunkie Resident Conspiracy Theorist

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    We all need outbound protection = We all need Comodo.

    But the comodo reminder is a weakpoint, hopefully it isn´t already officially exploited.
     
  7. Kees1958

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    HI,

    Real easy VistaFireWall control 1.2, is free and comes in 32 and 64 bit flavour
     
  8. DevilFrank

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    Why?
    Vista-FW is a bidirectional FW.
    o_O
     
  9. WSFuser

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    I never tried the Vista firewall for outbound protection but dont you have to create all the outbound rules yourself?
     
  10. Kees1958

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    Yes,

    But, that does VistaFireWall control for you, When you like a simple FW use Vista's, when you do not want to edit the rules your self, use the application control of VistaFireWallControl 1.2

    When tested against leaktest it only misses 4, so for a FW even easier than ZA that is not bad

    Easy as that
     
  11. AKAJohnDoe

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    No.

    There are a number of pre-configured outbound rules.

    However, if you want to make your own rules it is, shall we say, an onerous task.
     
  12. DevilFrank

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  13. truthseeker

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    Can you give some examples of how outbound protection is good? what exactly can go outbound, that Vista Firewall doesnt protect against. Give me some examples pls?
     
  14. Diver

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    The theory behind outbound protection is that somehow your PC gets infected with a zero day attack. It gets past your AV and also installs a rootkit so that the AV will not pick it up with subsequent updates. The malware phones home and at that time you see a pop-up from the firewall that application xyz is starting iexplore.exe to which you correctly respond that it should be blocked. Then you get to reformat your PC.

    The problem with this scenario is that anyone clueless enough to let this happen will not give the right answer to the pop-up. This is sometimes called pop-up fatigue or lazy click. It is also likely that your firewall has been compromised by the malware to the point that it no longer will respond.

    In reality there are few reports of anyone having their backside saved by outbound filtering. If you want to stop media players from phoning home, its fine. None the less, you will see statements on Matousec's site that nearly all firewalls offer competent inbound protection and the differences are in the outbound filtering, or Scott Finney who says outbound filtering is the gold standard to judge firewalls by.

    My vote is for the Vista firewall in the default inbound filtering mode.
     
  15. WSFuser

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    I never said outbound is good but Comodo is one of the top firewall at catching leaktests (outbound protection).
     
  16. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    If you use Vista firewall control app it has to allow all outboung connection the first time by asking the user to allow it or not. http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html
     

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  17. WSFuser

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    It seems this Vista firewall control app is good addition for the Vista firewall :thumb:
     
  18. Kees1958

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    That is what I meant, VistaFirewallControl 1.2 Only misses a few leaktests, becuase it i sbased on the decent Vista FW engine

    Here is an old webpage explaining it

    http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/faq.html

    Even comes in a vista 32 and 64 bits variant. You can set vista firewall off (only copies at start up exclusions you already defined in vista firewall)
     
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