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i would like to put a firewall on my pc

i need to know what is the best firewall in the world
and where can i download it?

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by:The--Captain
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>I need to know what is the best firewall in the world

This is completely dependant upon your criteria and skills - can you handle a linux firewall with a web-based interface?  Than go with Astaro.  If you want a windows-based solution, I'm sure others here can offer better advice than I...  If you want an appliance, there are nearly infinite options - what are your exact requirements?

-Jon


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by:lrmoore
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Zone Alarm Pro is one of the better ones at low cost.
"the best in the world?" that is a purely subjective moniker that depends on several things:
- cost
- personal preferences
- personal experience
- what you expect out of the software
- your level of expertise and facilites to understand and take advantage of the "extra" capabilites of the software


This is a good one:
http://www.zonelabs.com/

Other free ones:
http://www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/free-firewall.asp

Try different ones and then test thme here:
https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

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by:The--Captain
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Zonealarm is not bad, but has been criticized wrt a couple of points...

1. "too may false positives":  I'm guessing this complaint arises from a misconfiguration - sure, hackers are banging on you several times a day (or more) - do you really feel like hearing about every one as long as you know you are invulnerable to those attacks?  

2. "false sense of security":  zonealarm often seems to be marketed as a security panacea, which it definitely is not - like any other security solution, your box will only ever be as secure as the servers that run on the box - if you open up huge holes on your box, zonealarm will not complain as long as it perceives the "holes" to still comprise legitimate access to the box...

I guess my answer should be revised to say that you will never find the "best firewall" without a clear understanding of security, and your needs therein...

Cheers,
-Jon
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Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

 

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by:hkaufm2
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http://www.networkice.com/

Black Ice defender - Network Ice software great little program with fantastic features
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by:liranp1
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i need one for windows

and i'm joking about the "world" thing
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by:The--Captain
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Blackice is worse than zonealarm wrt false positives (and providing a false sense of security).  Avoid it at all costs...

Cheers,
-Jon
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liranp1
I use a firewall from tiny. you can download it at:
 
http://www.tinysoftware.com/home/tiny2?s=9107547958550542785A0&la=EN&va=&ver=W&pg=products

I have been using the personall fire for the past 1.5 years and had no problems.

Lagruga
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by:mmedwid
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Symantec's is pretty decent.
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by:gavrc
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Can you 'obtain' another PC min spec 486 32Mb? If so wander off to www.smoothwall.org
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