How does Vista Fiirewall compare to, say, Zonealarm?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Cast-it Admin, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. In XP the teckies were telling everyone to disable Windows Firewall and use the same to be said of the Vista Firewall????

    Cast-it Admin, Feb 27, 2007
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  2. That might depend on what you are using your computer for and if you have an
    external firewall as well. I also wonder how many tests have been done by
    third party sources (and I don't mean general users) as to the effectiveness
    of the new windows vista firewall. Companies like norton or mcafee or
    whomever are going to create their own stories about how their's works
    better than the windows firewall (as well as their other competitions) but
    then they also want you to buy their software so they are going to run tests
    that make theirs look better.

    I used Zonealarm in XP for a short while and removed it because it was to
    cumbersome and am sticking with the windows firewall built into vista,
    however, i'm also very careful as to what I load onto my machine.

    If you just use your computer for websurfing and don't open messages from
    people you don't know or download software from places you don't know then
    you are probably ok. I would wait until later this summer and see how each
    of the new firewalls out their are rated before spending any money.
    Antivirus you can get free, not sure about third party firewalls.

    Hope this helps.

    Jeffrey S. Sparks, Feb 27, 2007
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    Jon Guest

    It's a bit more sophisticated in Vista. You can get into some fairly
    granular stuff with

    'Windows Firewall with Advanced Security'

    but AFAIK it lacks decent packet logging, so you can't open up individual
    packets and read them, as you can with say Sygate Firewall.

    I also suspect that 'Windows Firewall with Advanced Security' will be
    beyond the average user, and they will find something like Zone Alarm a
    simpler interface to use.
    Jon, Feb 27, 2007
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    Scott Guest

    Windows firewall in Vista is MUCH better. It also now filters outbound
    traffic as well (provided you turn that function on in advanced

    I much prefer it to third-party apps.

    Besides, I have a router with a firewall built in, so a software
    firewall is mostly redundant.


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    Ron O'Brien Guest

    Thanks all, for your thoughts, it's a shame there doesn't appear to be any
    independent tests carried out on it. As Jeffrey states the major players
    (including Microsoft) all have somethign to sell. I guess it will come, but
    wouldn't it have been nice if one was carried out with the final beta
    release to give early adopters some factual information?

    I have a Netgear router which contains a Firewall, but all these router
    Firewalls are very basic - unless you get into subscription based Cisco
    systems etc. I use Zonealarm in XP, as it is easy to setup and understand -
    although having said that, it occasionally throws up a message telling me a
    certain file with a meaningless name is trying to access the internet, and I
    have to google that file name to figure out if I should let it or not. I'm
    sure there must be easier ways of producing a workable firewall without us
    having to learn all about files and ports!!!

    Ron O'Brien, Feb 28, 2007
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    Geta Klew Guest

    I've been using the built-in firewall since it was the ICF in early XP, and
    I've never had any firewall-related problems or securoty breaches at all.
    But ultimately it depends on what you really need and the value of the data
    you're protecting. Using a firewall as a kind of "after the infection
    malware detection" device is dubious at best. Your anti-malware software
    should be blocking that stuff before it gets into your system in the first
    Geta Klew, Feb 28, 2007
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