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Monitoring - Deep Analysis Firewall - Desktop Level

zalance asked
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04

Hello there, I have a simple setup, one machine and also one other machine, although they are on the same network only a file server and web server is used, nothing else is shared. I would like to know the most in depth way to monitor and filter traffic based upon what leaves and comes in on a desktop machine.

In other words, the best firewall (software) or any other application like IDS that can be used on a desktop machine not a server, which provides the best in depth analysis and protection for a simple normal desktop user.
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Try with sygate firewall

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Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
Top Expert 2008
Integrity or zonealarm are reasonable products just for a desktop. They are simple, cost-effective and easy to configure. Of course, if its a MS PC, then the firewall that comes with XP SP2 is also perfectly acceptable for most scenario's.
Rich RumbleSecurity Samurai
Top Expert 2006
ZoneAlarm also get my vote. If you want to see what's comming in an out, you can look at programs like NTOP http://www.openxtra.co.uk/products/ntop-xtra.php
You will get graphs and stats on certain kinds of traffic, SMTP, HTTP, UDP etc..
An IDS system such as Snort can also tell you if it recognizes certain types of traffic based on signatures for exploits and other known "undesirable" traffic, such as having a P2P program installed, or your machine is connecting to IRC...
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