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Zonealarm
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BlackICE
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4.44%
Tiny/Kerio
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4.44%
Outpost
2
4.44%
Norton/McAfee
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8.89%
Other
11
24.44%
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Which Firewall do you prefer? (poll)

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A hardware one.
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X, do you use your router or have a dedicated firewall?
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Dedicated.
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Hardware is definitely the best firewall.

But since I either use T1/LAN or dial up. I don't need a hw firewall. I don't like Norton at all. So I am using either ZoneAlarm or Black Ice, which works great.
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Hardware firewall here. It's so much more convienent and usefull.
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How about a Router?

How good is a router as your only firewall for a cable connection?

I currently use Zone Alarm Pro, but I am about to install a router. Would like to ditch Zone Alarm if possible.


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i use a hardware firewall, but i ran zonealarm when i was living on campus b/c even though we were firewalled, my computer was exposed to over 9000 other on campus computers... but it was really a waste zone alarm never picked up anything that was a serious threat...
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Zone Alarm. Free and works very well.
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Re: How about a Router?

Originally posted by CRyan
How good is a router as your only firewall for a cable connection?

I currently use Zone Alarm Pro, but I am about to install a router. Would like to ditch Zone Alarm if possible.
Don't ditch Zone Alarm. A router mostly only provides NAT which makes it a little harder to get into your system from the outside world. But other than the ability to shut down dangerous ports (if your router allows that and you use it) it doesn't provide much protection. Firewalls provide more intelligence and can inspect incoming packets for IP spoofing and malicious intent as well as allowing very granular configuration of what is exposed to the world.

You can always go to grc.com and do a port scan to get a rudimentary idea of your port exposure once you install the router.
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I was using Zonealarm but it crapped out on me. Now I use Sygate but it doesn't handle the fast user switching on XP. Do any of the others listed allow fast user switching?
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Zonealarm for me before that it was McAfees firewall service but it didn't work as well.
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I hate Zone Alarm.

I have a hardware firewall. I also run BlackICE on my computers.
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zonealarm.
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hardware firewall
well worth the price to avoid having to use the software crap on the market
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OK, this is probably a really stupid question, but what can a hardware firewall do that a software one (e.g. ZoneAlarm) can't?
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Originally posted by criptik28
OK, this is probably a really stupid question, but what can a hardware firewall do that a software one (e.g. ZoneAlarm) can't?
Hardware firewall is what it sounds like. A lot of people hate software firewalls because it will use a lot of the computer's resources and slow it down. Some software firewalls are not 100& effective due to lack of updates and bug fixes.
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any software firewall will have thousands of exploits for anyone that knows what they are doing

hardware firewalls are much more difficult to expliot
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Originally posted by CharlesC
I was using Zonealarm but it crapped out on me. Now I use Sygate but it doesn't handle the fast user switching on XP. Do any of the others listed allow fast user switching?
Wait a minute; how exactly did zonealarm 'crap out' on you?
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I don't really remember now...its been several months. It was something with it not being able to start up (or maybe it wouldn't remember what programs should be allowed access) and even a reinstall didn't work. I read something about how it sometimes happens and you have to go into the registry and clean it up of Zonealarm stuff. I didn't feel like messing with it so I just switched to Sygate.

I have a question:
Why do I get so many more port scans when I am playing online games?

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