What's wrong with using Kaspersky Anti-Hacker?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by AaLF, Sep 25, 2011.

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  1. AaLF

    AaLF Registered Member

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    This question was thrown up by a friend who is a conservative surfer. Who doesn't venture off the track to problem sites, doesn't play games over the net. Just uses the net for a bit of reading and posts in a few of forums. And very minimal shopping.

    She loves her anti-hacker console she understands it, its simple and has some visual style about it. She has adsl & windows XP and has a D-Link wireless modem/router. I suggested on-line armor free with no hips as it is simple and has a nice look and is up to date.

    She's going to mention it again when I see her. So really is there a danger for her retaining her 'good old' anti-hacker FW considering her fairly non-adventurous surfing habits?
     
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    Since there has not been a reply yet, I'm chipping in with my own bit of nostalgia. Way back in the recesses of my memory I recall fondly my days with Sygate FW.

    So for my own peace of mind, I'd like to propose two oldies for a brief evaluation. Kaspersky anti-hacker & Sygate. I have ommitted ones like Jetico & Tiny etc as they all required an understanding of FWs & the net. Anti-Hacker & Sygate were different. They had cute operator consoles that made the illiterate feel confident.

    So are Kaspersky anti-hacker & Sygate able to hold the line for conservative surfers with the norm for today, a wireless modem/router up front?
     
  3. farmerlee

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    I would say the only danger would be possible vulnerabilities or bugs in the software. I've seen quite a few people stick with older firewalls like sygate or kerio and they seem get by just fine.
     
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    Forgot about Kerio's love-child, Sunbelt. Thanks, let's add Sunbelt to the mix as it also had a user-friendly console that was self explanitory and public/user-friendly.
     
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    It would probably boil down to your mastery of the software, as long as you know how to modify rules, troubleshoot or tweak the program, I guess you're good to go. I mean, even if you're using the most state-of-the-art firewall software, but you're not familiar with it; in the end, the more obsolete software, which you are more comfortable using, would probably end up more "secure."
     
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    ... however all your most sophisticated protection mechanisms may be rendered useless by just having one single outdated/vulnerable product ...

    Up to you to take make a decision based on the risk linked to the machine use and content.
     
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    True that.
     
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