Which Firewall is best for Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by JJ, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. JJ

    JJ Guest

    I was reading the very much informative responces between David Bedee MSFT an
    Mr Arnold which I thought were very informative and interesting BUT when you
    are not at tech or computer savy about the inner workings of a PC it still
    leaves one in a quandre about there answers. It all sounded so technical and
    to the point. Windows firewall has been slammed because it protects only
    incoming. I DO NOT know if this is true cause I am not a TECH but I would
    like to be able too put a good firewall into my New Vista Premium desktop as
    soon as they send it to keep me safe. Any suggestions would help. All have a
    great day an be safe.
     
    JJ, Oct 15, 2007
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  2. The XP firewall deals with incoming only. The Vista firewall
    introduces also outbound filtering, but not in the normal "outbound
    application filtering" way introduced by common illusionware
    firewalls.
    Please define "safe".
    The Vista firewall is good enough. "Safety" primarily depends on
    yourself.
     
    Straight Talk, Oct 15, 2007
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  3. JJ

    Kayman Guest

    You are not going to find anything better than the Vista FW and Vista in
    itself due to the advanced features the FW and Vista are using.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0905.mspx
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/network/WFP.mspx

    Jesper's Blog
    http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/archive/2007/07/19/at-least-this-snake-oil-is-free.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/jesper_johansson/archive/2006/05/01/426921.aspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/06/VistaFirewall/default.aspx
    "If you try to block outbound connections from a computer that’s already
    compromised, how can you be sure that the computer is really doing what you
    ask? The answer: you can’t. Outbound protection is security theater—it’s a
    gimmick that only gives the impression of improving your security without
    doing anything that actually does improve your security. This is why
    outbound protection didn’t exist in the Windows XP firewall and why it
    doesn’t exist in the Windows Vista™ firewall."

    Vista Firewall Control
    http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista/
     
    Kayman, Oct 15, 2007
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  4. JJ

    EW Guest

    In my many years of using XP and now Vista, the Windows firewall has been
    perfect -- it's all you need unless you go to risky sites a lot. Those who
    babble about the firewall not blocking bad OUTBOUND data are overreaching --
    it means you're computer is already hosed. A good antiviral scan will find
    the bad software and remove it.

    EW
     
    EW, Oct 16, 2007
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  5. SpySweeper (w/AV) now allows downloading and installation of their
    Firewall for free. Everything on a single package and it wirks very well.

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
     
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Oct 21, 2007
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