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Old May 17, 2002, 09:02 PM
Kevin_369 Kevin_369 is offline
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Default Windows XP firewall question??

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I have XP and am currently using the firewall that comes with the operating system for my internet connection, i have read that the firewall with XP only blocks incoming traffic and not outgoing traffic, is it better to use another firewall rather than the one with XP because of this??

If so what would be the best one to use??

Old May 17, 2002, 10:49 PM
zack371 zack371 is offline
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The Windows XP Internet Connection Firewall is better than nothing, but it is rudimentary at best. I would definitely get another one.

Several suggested ones to try are -

ZoneAlarm (free or Pro)
Norton Personal Firewall
...several others.

ZoneAlarm is very popular. Some have experience problems with version 3 though. . .

Kerio is great and it is free. I use it. A bit more difficult to configure. More for those who want more control instead of automation.

Sygate is great too.
McAffee is, ehh, OK. Very resource-hungry though.

Norton is kinda the same. I like a small, efficient firewall to work in the background. I would try ZoneAlarm, Kerio or Sygate, though that is my opinion. Others may disagree. Others with thoughts or recommendations I am sure will post here. Just post any more questions you have on any of the products in here.


Old May 21, 2002, 07:23 AM
DNRC DNRC is offline
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Try Deerfield's site, they do various bits of software like Wingate for internet sharing (includes firewall) a personal firewall and Visnetic Firewall, which is their power user level firewall. I found Visnetic to be the best software firewall about.

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