Need Opinions on Firewall

By robertq
Feb 9, 2011
  1. I am looking for a good software firewall & would like some opinions.

    Any recommendations ?

    Also your opinion of :

    ESET Smart Security Firewall

    Windows -7 Firewall

    Zone Alarm Pro Firewall

    Thank You.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    The main thing to consider about a firewall, is that it is 'bidirectional: that is, that it 'listens' to both incoming andoutgoing ports. If malware happens to get through a firewall that only 'listens' to incoming ports, it may not alert you to any traffic from malware that is coming from within the system, to access the internet:

    b]Firewall[/b] (only one): Use bi-directional firewall. Both of the following programs are free and known to be good:
    [o]Zone Alarm

    My own preference also is a stand-alone firewall. That is, not a 'suite' with all the security bundled within. It is also added security to use a router in addition to a software firewall. That will give you added protection as most or all routers have hardware firewalls.

    I cannot evaluate the Eset suite firewall because although I use Nod32 for my AV, I do not use the suite with the firewall.

    If Microsoft finally made the firewall in Windows 7 bidirectional, then it is likely okay. But if it is still on listening to incoming traffic, I'd pass it for one of the others.

    And keep in mind- opinions are usually based on our own experience with a program.
  3. robertq

    robertq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    Thank You

    Really appreciate your help.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    You're welcome! I had left the thread open in case other members wanted to reply.
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