Vista Firewall is worse than independent Firewall or not?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by john, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. john

    john Guest

    I used to use ZoneAlarm, but found it source-consuming in Vista. I am
    wondering if the Vista firewall is worse than independent firewall, such as
    Zone Alarm or not? I don't see any reports from vista firewall, and I am
    suspicious of its strenth against the attack from internet.

    Any opinions?
    john, Dec 13, 2009
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  2. As far I'm concerned, the built-in Windows firewall is just as good as
    any third-party firewall.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 13, 2009
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  3. As it is, Vista's built-in firewall solution is more than
    adequate for most consumers' needs. While it's not quite up to the
    ease-of-use standards of Kerio or ZoneAlarm, it has been noticeably
    improved over WinXP's version.

    There are two interfaces for Vistas built-in firewall:

    1) A simplified one accessed through the Control Panel that is the only
    one most people see. To further supplement this view, Sphinx's Vista
    Firewall Control is a piece of freeware
    that makes the Vista Firewall much more useful to the average user.

    2) And the more advanced "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    (WF.msc), accessed via the Start Menu's Administrative Tools folder, for
    the experienced user who wants more granular control.

    Having said that, it's important to remember that firewalls and
    anti-virus applications, which should always be used and should always
    be running, while important components of "safe hex," cannot, and should
    not be expected to, protect the computer user from him/herself.
    Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and every computer user to learn
    how to secure his/her own computer, and how to safely briwse the Internet.


    Bruce Chambers

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    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
    Bruce Chambers, Dec 13, 2009
  4. It depends on what you expect of a firewall application.

    The native firewall protects during boot, I'm not sure if others do, but
    they do other things that you might believe are good firewall features -
    where the native firewall doesn't bother with such fluff.
    FromTheRafters, Dec 13, 2009
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