Recommend me a good firewall?

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  1. KoolKeith

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    I just ordered a new notebook (Asus S96J) and i need you guys to suggest a decent firewall to buy / download. thanks
     
  2. Vaytan

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    Zone alarm. All I use. Never had a problem with it.And it is FREE ! What more can you ask for.
     
  3. mace

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    use a hardware firewall, otherwise, xp sp2.
     
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    zonealarm is shit.

    Just stick with sp2 unless you get a decent hardware firewall (cisco pix)
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    ZA WILL some day blow up and trash your winsock. Its only a matter of time.
     
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    i've never liked blackice or zonealarm. sp2 is decent, but sometimes networking and file shares can be annoying to work.

    i like the firewall on my netgear router, they call it a statefull packet inspection firewall. i've run it through all the tests and they all come back as showing my ip as invisible and nonresponsive. i'm sure it can be defeated, but it works great for me because it doesn't use any system resources and it's transparent to me
     
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    Yeah, but what is some good hardware firewall then..
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Any NAT router will do fine.
     
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    juniper netscreen. :hsugh: :o
     
  10. Nefarious77

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    A dedicated small PC with 2 nics (in and out) with damn small linux and IPcop. You can even boot it off a flash card if the motherboard will allow.
     
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    NAT != firewall.

    SPI == firewall.
     
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    I used Zone Alarm when it came out. It was good then because it filtered what came in and went out both. Nowdays it's just as practical to use SP2 and leave all the third party shit alone.
     
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    Monowall works nicely on any machine.
     
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    But to the average user who just wants to block all the worms and messenger spam before it hits their computer, any NAT router with no ports forwarded will do the job.
     
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    shorewall
     
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    I just use the embedded XP firewall.

    Sometimes i just don't get it, for home use why would someone need an extensive firewall? It's not like you're harboring nuclear codes on your machine. I think personal PC security fears have gotten way out of hand and do not warrant such attention.

    But i guess that's only me who feels like that :dunno:
     
  19. Bruticus

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    I've never heard of anyone having a breakin on my street, doesn't mean I'm gonna leave my door open :dunno:

    I secure my home network fairly well because I'd prefer to be safe from a majority of things, than get unlucky and lose some data or have some information of mine stolen.

    On the software firewall issue, I recommend Sygate Personal Firewall (there is a free version) and if you have a spare box that you can use as a firewall/router go with ipcop, monowall or if you don't mind setting shit up openbsd.
     
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    It's been said before... XP SP2 and maybe a router if they do share their connection is more than enough for the average user.

    The original poster said he bought a laptop, I don't think he's gonna consider setting up a linux box as a solution.

    I would tend to think that people who have the knowledge to setup extensive firewalls/routers wouldn't be asking here on a recommendation for one.
     
  21. BradNowell

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    Good recs. I am learning something too.
     

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