11-26-2010 03:16 PM
I recently started looking at firewalls to make my system even more secure, and as I started looking closer at them, I found that there seems to be really 3 different choices.
ZoneAlarm free firewall, been around for years and has a good reputation. Their Defencenet automatically blocks known bad connections and the firewall seems to be a really easy to use.
Win7 has a firewall, which has the same basic features as ZoneAlarm, but is not as intuitive to use and dosen’t have anything like Defencenet. Also, it doesn’t have an automatic block feature, so you get pop-ups
Comodo seems equal to the Win7 firewall.
So they are all free, but it seems like Zonealarm offers better protection with their Defencenet feature, and an easy of use.
Is this really the case?
It seems that the Defencenet feature of zonealarm is like a cloud based database, is this correct? Is it really a good feature?
12-13-2010 10:48 PM
It seems like this Defencenet feature of Zonealarm is a good feature, that basically aids in updating the firewall to the latest types of attacks and help it protect you better.
I have been using Zonealarm for a long time, so it is my preference.
12-13-2010 10:53 PM
12-14-2010 02:10 AM
I used ZA long ago, before it became a bloated nightmare that is not very user friendly.
Currently, I am using a router with NAT, and Norton Internet Security. It works better than others I have tried and it has the smallest system footprint (yes, even smaller than AVG and Avast).
12-14-2010 12:36 PM
Zone Alarm without a doubt. Works great! Its more friendlier this time around then it ever has been and its more idea for newbies now.
12-14-2010 03:06 PM
12-14-2010 03:46 PM
It's too bad that many, ZA included, trade user friendliness for effective protection. There is no perfect solution. One tool that have found very useful in administering my home network is Network Magic. I have a rather large network....4 desktops, a laptop, 2 NAS, a network attached TV, a network attahed Blu-ray, my iPad, my Droid Incredible, etc. I need a software firewall that is easy enough to set up my network, while still giving me reasonable security. After much trial and error, I have settled upon Norton Internet Security, Network Magic, and a Linsys router with NAT and MAC address filtering. This is what works for me, and adding or blocking devices on the network is very easy thanks to Network Magic.