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FW: Re: Re: PC Firewall Choices (an alternative choice)
From: William DeRieux <williamderieux () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 22:25:22 -0500


From: William DeRieux [mailto:WilliamDeRieux () gmail com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:24 PM
To: 'Nancy Kramer'
Subject: RE: [Full-disclosure] Re: Re: PC Firewall Choices (an alternative
choice)


You could try, 8signs firewall (it is designed with servers in mind, but
works for home desktops just as well) 8Sings firewall, not free though, has
a wizard that walks you through creating a ruleset Asking you what servies
you want to run, webserver, emailserver, etc, etc, even things that aren't
servers. Plus it is really easy to use, if you inititally tell it to block
all traffic, unless there is a rule for that particular traffic, no packets
or data That don’t have a corresponding rule will not be able to get
throught; You can right-click on that traffic in the programs log window and
tell it To make a ruleset for the specific traffic, and choose to block or
accepts incoming/outgoing connections or both (as simple as point & click),
I havent had any trouble with it, and have been running it for about half of
a year.

It has TCP, UDP, ICMP, ARP, RARP, & Mac Address Rules - with different
configuration for each network adapter, both ethernet & wireless. It also
has a configuration wizard for each adapter. And has the following other
options *SYN Flood Protection *Port Scan Protection *and Automatic & Manual
Ban List (for flooding, port scanning, etc) It even has a built-in learning
mode

You can look them up here:  http://www.consealfirewall.com/

William (*note I am not trying to ADVERTISE THIS PRODUCT, I AM just trying
to help give someone an alternative, they may not have known about*) FC,
ROCKS!

-----Original Message-----
From: full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk
[mailto:full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk] On Behalf Of Nancy Kramer
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:30 PM
To: Stan Bubrouski; full-disclosure () lists grok org uk
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Re: Re: PC Firewall Choices


I admit I know nothing about firewalls but with ZA I have had to shut it 
down sometimes to go onto the internet.  I have no idea why.  I just can't 
get on and when I shut it down I can.

Never had the problem with Kaspersky.  I do know that configuring a 
firewall right takes some knowledge and I know I don't know how to do that 
and ZA did not come with instructions telling me that, but Kaspersky was 
intuitive.  If just popped up and asked if you want to let a certain 
application get on the internet and you answer yes or no and then it 
remembers.  I think someone who did not even know what a firewall is could 
use it on their computer without problems like a typical end user.  That 
impresses me.  With the proliferation of broadband I think the typical home 
user should have a software firewall if they have broadband.  Naturally a 
friend of mine had Windows XP and Norton Firewall and his machine on 
broadband got hacked anyway.  But that is consumer Norton and that is 
another story which would be off topic to this subject.

Regards,

Nancy Kramer
Webmaster http://www.americandreamcars.com
Free Color Picture Ads for Collector Cars
One of the Ten Best Places To Buy or Sell a Collector Car on the Web

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