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  FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger? 
 
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Maz Cot Apr 30, 2003, 01:53pm EDT Report Abuse
Which is a better firewall 'Zone Alarm' or 'BlackIce' (the expensive ones, not the free ones)?

You see I've bween reading reviews and watnot but still can't decide which one to go 4?

'Zone Alarm' guards all ports from intrusion, however 'BlackIce' leaves one path unguarded (according 2 some reviews).

BUT 'BlackIce' can help prevent trojans communicating with a hacker & allert u iof its presence at this point, however 'Zone Alarm' can't.

Is it possible to install both or will there be conflicts?


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DNA _ Apr 30, 2003, 01:55pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Blackice is no good. My norton is pretty sweet.
Try this url in the next post..
-DNA

Quote from my father.
"GET A JOB!"
DNA _ Apr 30, 2003, 01:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
http://grc.com/default.htm


Very informative site on network intrusion and even test your firewall. My Norton passed all the tests.
-DNA

Quote from my father.
"GET A JOB!"
brian pope May 01, 2003, 12:51am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Go with either ZoneAlarm or Norton's, better yet get yourself a router & you won't need either.

If you still want a software firewall use Norton, that's my preference.

brian pope May 01, 2003, 12:56am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Both Norton & ZA's firewall have an advantage over others, they prevent programs on your PC from connecting to the net without your knowledge.

No you don't want to install both, unless you don't mind conflicts crashes & likely not being able to connect to the Internet.

Maz Cot May 01, 2003, 02:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
I thought black Ice was suppose 2 B decent 2? Whats so special about a router & how much do they cost?

I don't wanna pay to much, since software can come free!

What about anti virus? PC - CILLIN any good?

DNA _ May 01, 2003, 03:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Yes, Trend Micro is pretty good. Most plp just prefer Norton, they have excellent support and removing virus info.
If you can't afford a router, go with a good Firewall. And read up on NIDS.(network intrusion detection software)

Do a search on Snort..
-DNA


Quote from my father.
"GET A JOB!"
brian pope May 02, 2003, 02:18am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Routers act as a firewall by connecting to the Internet & you connect to them, the router has it's own IP address & it assigns your PC another address. All traffic has to pass through the router before it reaches you so it acts like a middle man.

I'm not really the best person to explain routers, but they have both a firewall advantage & the other great thing is if you have more than 1 PC you can all be connected to the net at the same time. You can also network all your PC's with the router to share files & some have the print server ability, which allows multiple computers to share 1 printer.

I use & like SMC Networks products, but Linksys 3com & d-link all have fine products also, for home use 4 port cable/dsl router with print server will run you anywhere from $50 to $150 US, you can still use a software firewall with a router.

http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?action=work_home

jokla May 05, 2003, 07:06pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
I fy ou have money, than get "ALPHA SHIELD", that's a small hardware firewall that blocks everaything you want and it hides your IP

jokla May 05, 2003, 07:06pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
I forgot, if you want a Software solutio, use Zone Alarm

kim washington May 06, 2003, 12:28am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Well zonealarm does allow to many things for one single file to have access online like for instant real player one app. I have to manually disable certain real player one drivers or web files that ask for access for being online. If you look and realize alots online apps have too many file that zonealarm have access online. Jesus why dont zonealarm mention this when first use it?!!

There was also talk about zonealarm taking soooo long to load up in Win Xp home and Xp pro. Plus rumor also about Zonealarm that it report back to it website where they keep a history where you been on websites and which files had access and which one's dont be online. Dont know it this true but explain why it run slow. And im running a 1.3 Tbird w/512mb of mems and a 9700 pro 128mb x8 agp card.

Maz Cot May 07, 2003, 02:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Thanx every1, but after careful thought (& difficultiesw getting Norton); i've downloaded & iunstalled Zone Alarm.

Do I need to upgrade it now & then (like u hav 2 with virus scanners)?

XP's got a built in firewall, which i've disabled; will there B any probz if I enable it 2???

When I was installing PC-Cillin it found a trojan virus & just terminated. Thus i re-installed, re-booted did a full virus scan but it found no virus?
What does i do?

Zone Alarm detected 42 HIGH RATE intrusions in one hour? Is that normal, or is possibly the same hacker(s) trying to get into my computer?

Any help any1?

Maz Cot May 07, 2003, 02:16pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
***that 'iunstalled' is suppose to be 'installed' zone alarm.

Jim Harr May 07, 2003, 03:08pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
Maz

Zone alarm is a good free product for home use. When you first start it up, it does analyse everything but soon settles down. You can turn off the warnings in preferences if you wish.
Zonelabs will inform you when there is an update if you select that you "wish to receive updates" in the preferences.
I just let it get on with its job and you can check later what activity it has stopped.
After you have installed it, Go to http://www.GRC.com and get that site to check your computer security with is "Shields Up" and "probe your ports" programmes. It will make you feel better.
The site makes good security reading too.

Jarret M. May 07, 2003, 04:02pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: FIREWALLS: 'Zone Alarm,' 'Black Ice,' or is there a new challenger?
I'm surprised no one mentioned using a second computer with linux. All you need is an old computer (I use a p100) and then go with a free distribution. Its free, relativly easy to set up, and its bullet-proof if you use it correctly. Plus, you can use it as a file/print/ftp/web server and have permissions set for anyone at any level.



 

    
 
 

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