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McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.0 (copyright 2003) Verses Windows XP Pro SP2 Firewall

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McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.0 (copyright 2003) Verses Windows XP Pro SP2 Firewall

Which is better?
Which should I run?

Thanks much!

tg

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by:jasonpaine
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should be able to run both, more protection
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by:jhughesco
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Keep in mind a recent security flaw in the XP firewall.  http://secunia.com/advisories/13492/

Ensure the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service is stopped and changed to manual start.  The only reason to have this service on would be if you are allowing another PC use your PC as a gateway to the internet (uncommon with broadband).  This should protect against the above flaw.

I have found McAfee and Norton firewall software to cause connections issues, take caution.  Using 2 firewalls may sound appealing, however, this can make trouble shooting connection issues more difficult to hunt down and may slow down your PC and/or connection.

If your on broadband and do not have a router, this would be a good first step in security as your PC would no longer have a public IP address but a private address assigned from the router.  This makes it much harder for an attacker to get to your PC directly.

Jeff
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by:tpgriffin
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I have a router (private subnet).
Is McAfee Desktop Firewall 8.0 better than Windows XP Pro SP2 Firewall (better, same, worse, or not needed).

Thanks

tg
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Honestly, I think McAfee is not a friendly program.  If you can't tell, I don't like it!  I would say not needed.

I use XP firewall and take time to learn how to fine tune it.

What is your experience with Linux?  There are awesome possibilities using a very cheap hardware firewall.

-Jeff
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by:jhughesco
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You also might want to try ZoneAlarm Free: http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/free/1001_cnet_zdnet/zlsSetup_65_737_000_en.exe

This will be helpful when applications attempt to access the internet from your machine.

If you want to know how effective your firewall is against intruders trying to get in, check out this link:  https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

and click the button "PROCEED"

It will test your ports and it is good to know stuff.

-Jeff
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Thanks for all the input Jeff!

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