Quote: Originally Posted by PeteC
More protection? Well, I use Windows Firewall and have never, to date been breached, That would seem to indicate pretty adequate firewall protection to me.
In terms of configuation flexibility, then I have always done wel in the past with Norton's, but frankly, with the current Windows 7, combined with MSE and Windows firewall, I see no advantage to spending money on any third party option. I guess if I ever get "borked" I may change my mind, but at this time, i see no compelling reason to change.
Windows firewall is OK. It is not the best out there in terms of blocking according to several tests. But it is definitely adequate and it is not resource hungry.
The reason I don't use it is it is not easy to configure to control outgoing which is my primary requirement in a software firewall.
Before I was behind a hardware firewall, a guest downloaded a Trojan (using XP). ZA caught it as it tried to connect to the internet. I was able to clean it up promptly before it could do any damage. Since then, I want a software firewall that I can easily configure for outgoing. Windows firewall would not have caught that outgoing for me.
ZA is the easiest to configure of the free firewalls I have tried. Comodo is next followed by PCTools. PCTools had a better security rating than Comodo in two of the three tests I reviewed.
All that said, a properly configured hardware firewall offers the most security.