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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2011, 05:11:29 PM »
Most people will disagree on this
Because it is testing HIPS and not the firewall.
Because the tests aren't independent and he receives money for them.
Because the drawbacks of the leak tests posted a lot of time here.
Would we trust in the Matousec tests? NO.
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2011, 07:57:18 PM »
Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2011, 08:05:06 PM »
Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)
I tend to agree, I've had problems with all of the others.
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2011, 01:01:50 PM »
Most people will disagree on this
Because it is testing HIPS and not the firewall.
Because the tests aren't independent and he receives money for them.
Because the drawbacks of the leak tests posted a lot of time here.
Would we trust in the Matousec tests? NO.

Is there any firewall tester out there to trust?

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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2011, 01:06:00 PM »
Is there any firewall tester out there to trust?
If you consider the firewall-only work (block undesirable inbound and outbound traffic), there are a lot of good and secure firewalls out there...
In my personal opinion:

Comodo
Online Armour
OutPost Free Security Suite
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2011, 01:26:06 PM »
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Is there any firewall tester out there to trust?
@Tech.....i dont think he asked for recomended firewalls...?

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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2011, 12:11:32 AM »
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Is there any firewall tester out there to trust?
@Tech.....i dont think he asked for recomended firewalls...?
You're right. My fault. But... I've said all recommended firewall do their work... no need to test them for the specific firewall work. You can test HIPS, but you don't need to test the firewall inbound/outbound capabilities (of the good ones).
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2011, 07:01:39 AM »
I have set the "Enhanced Security Permissions" to medium in the PC Tools firewall and it runs better than when it's on high. I can't get anyone at their forums, not even the head guy, to explain exactly what the differences between the three levels for ESP are though. None of their help options explain it at all.
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2011, 06:48:01 PM »
Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)

Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)
I tend to agree, I've had problems with all of the others.
You may find this article informing.
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/169445/free_firewalls_outclass_paid-for_ones_test_reveals/
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2011, 07:20:16 PM »
Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)

Windows Firewall...
Free and built-in ;)
I tend to agree, I've had problems with all of the others.
You may find this article informing.
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/169445/free_firewalls_outclass_paid-for_ones_test_reveals/
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I agree that there are some excellent free firewalls but that review link is taken from Matousec 2006 testings so its not really relevent for today.

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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2011, 08:01:03 PM »
My bad, I didn't pay any attention to the date.  :)
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2011, 08:32:40 PM »
You may find this article informing.
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/169445/free_firewalls_outclass_paid-for_ones_test_reveals/
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Not only is it outdated but as has been said many times, Matousec does not really test firewall effectiveness but rather the level of HIPS based protection. Of course any product without HIPS, such as the Windows Firewall, will not fare well in their "tests". I will still maintain that the only job of a firewall should be to monitor connections. All that other stuff should be done by other applications that a user can choose to install or not.
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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #42 on: July 23, 2011, 11:16:26 AM »
If you don't have special requirements,I think windows 7 firewall is enough!

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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #43 on: July 24, 2011, 07:35:10 PM »
If you don't have special requirements,I think windows 7 firewall is enough!

If you use instant messingers, most likely it wont.

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Re: Best free firewall ?
« Reply #44 on: July 24, 2011, 08:50:23 PM »
I tried ZA and it bogged my system down badly. I'm happy so far with the newest version of PC Tools. It's a lot better and much more user friendly than it used to be. I think now being owned by Symantec has been good. The firewall is much more intelligent in automatically allowing known safe things. You can also very easily make it just a 2 way firewall that only monitors connections by putting the slider for "Enhanced Security Permissions" (their version of HIPS) on low. it works very well on the medium setting too with very few alerts and those only for unknown and / or unsigned things.
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