I can't answer as to whether that is still the case with the new ZA products but I do know one of the replies that was most often given when it used to be the case with ZA. It is sort of like worrying about whether or not the locksmith who installs all the locks on all the doors of your house and cuts all your spare keys should be trusted with the fact that he could possibly have access your house. In other words there are some people you are going to have to decide whether or not you trust them and the same is true with security software companies whether it be firewall software, AV or ASW software. Of course all of those security softwares tend to want internet access to check for automatic updates but I suppose that could be turned off if that option is available in the settings. Anyway...that has been a popular response given in the past to that type of question. Even if a security software company says it doesn't give itself access you might stay awake late every night wondering if they are telling the truth or not. Information could always be disguised, hidden and leaked out during the update process. I suppose that the only way to really be sure about any software's behavior would be to write your own security software so you could completely control exactly what it was doing. The other way to end the wondering would be to never install any security software from a company that you don't trust. My reply wasn't meant to diminish the importance of your question but to provide some perspective on what past responses have been for that same question. Maybe someone else can provide the actual answer as to whether the new ZA products are hard coded to give internet access to themselves...Maybe Fax can help? He almost always has the answers to questions like this one.