What are the pitfalls of using Windows Firewall?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Graphic Equaliser, Feb 6, 2006.

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  1. Graphic Equaliser

    Graphic Equaliser Registered Member

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    I ditched Zonealarm a while back, and I use Windows XP SP2 built-in firewall instead. Are there any serious loopholes that this doesn't cover? I have already used the Exceptions tab to configure the obvious ones (Remote Assistance, Remote desktop and UPnP turned off). TIA,
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    It doesn't filter any outgoing info.
     
  3. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

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    One thing to keep in mind:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=274382

    Regards,

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  4. Devil's Advocate

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    Yeah at the risk of spreading FUD, I seem to recall reading enough weaknesses in the windows firewall some to do with inbound protection, some outbound to rule it out unless you have no choice.

    Don't ask me for details, since I'm spreading FUD, posting details and links would spoil it. :D
     
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    Glad to see you finally joined Devil's Advocate :thumb: .

    Graphic Equalizer, if you are planning on using an inbound firewall only, why don't you check out Ghostwall? It is better than the window's firewall, and avoids many of its shortcomings. It is also free, light, easy to use, and best of all, the official support forum is here at Wilders. If you want ot have a two way firewall, I recommend Sunbelt Kerio's (its weird gettings used to the name since the aquisition) firewall or ZoneAlarm's firewall. Best of luck

    Alphalutra1
     
  6. Graphic Equaliser

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    Thanks for the advice : I'll give Ghostwall a try.
     
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