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Windows 7: Are firewalls really needed?

21 Sep 2010   #41
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Are you also using Sandboxie as your signature indicates?

~Maxx~
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Yes.


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21 Sep 2010   #42
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Max, I was using Comodo until I discovered that Comodo sends information about the user's surfing to a third party. Maybe they don't do that any more; but I dropped Comodo.
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21 Sep 2010   #43
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And then you have ZoneAlarm doing moronic things like this,

ZoneAlarm Global Virus Alert About ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq, Scareware At Its Best
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21 Sep 2010   #44
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Zone Alarm!
It used to be one of the best but has gone to junk after they changed ownership a couple of years back.
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21 Sep 2010   #45
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Do any of the Members who are reading this thread have any constructive comments and solutions regarding the use of a software Firewall to enhance the prevention of programs sending personal information they have gathered in our Win 7 computers out to the internet as so many of todays freeware programs have been instructed to do?

~Maxx~
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deepakumar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Do any of the Members who are reading this thread have any constructive comments and solutions regarding the use of a software Firewall to enhance the prevention of programs sending personal information they have gathered in our Win 7 computers out to the internet as so many of todays freeware programs have been instructed to do?

~Maxx~
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@ Maxx i have used Comodo Firewall & Windows Firewall...i found Comodo much better then Windows though Comodo keep telling you at every stage while installing a software (changing system files,registry) which i found great but as @ jav said most of non-tech user won't know whats happening & while simply accept everything which might lead a virus enter the network...Windows Firewall is as well great but it allowed a virus without my knowledge & after a reboot i couldn't log in & then i have to do the repair to get things going for me ...i don't know how that happened ...but i agree with both u & jav but would like to tell you that i'm not using any Firewall & there are many people like me who are not using any firewall...i'm not saying that 1 shouldn't but like u 2 i'll say every1 should use a firewall if its 2 way then great!!!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
And then you have ZoneAlarm doing moronic things like this,

ZoneAlarm Global Virus Alert About ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq, Scareware At Its Best
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Zone Alarm!
It used to be one of the best but has gone to junk after they changed ownership a couple of years back.
And ZA flat does not work on most Win 7 systems. It is an almost guaranteed cause of BSOD's.
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21 Sep 2010   #46
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I dumped ZA months ago on my XP.

Good info to now it isn't compatible with Win7.
Mike
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21 Sep 2010   #47
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, here's the funny thing...

ZoneAlarm is now owned by Checkpoint Systems. I used to work with Checkpoint FW-1 product as it was required by our parent company at the last place I worked at.

Checkpoint is pretty darn expensive, and had some limitations, like I couldn't setup domains for web allowances, so for controlling user's internet browsing habits, we had to use ISA server and force proxy settings to make it happen.

ZoneAlarm itself, the few times I had to deal with it, I found it to be a bit restrictive and sometimes a little overbearing, especially when setting up VPN connections, ironically, this was for a user trying to setup a VPN connection to Checkpoint.

As for the recent article, I heard about that today on one of my readers and just shook my head. It is one of the things I normally criticize some of my users not to do, since the malware stuff does the same thing to trick people into doing something they shouldn't.
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21 Sep 2010   #48
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Max, I was using Comodo until I discovered that Comodo sends information about the user's surfing to a third party. Maybe they don't do that any more; but I dropped Comodo.
Do you have documentation of this? From what I read there were some vague comments about Comodo's EULA which contains the same kind of legal jargon that MS has in their EULA only much milder about collecting user information and now the rumor has turned into these as yet undocumented accusations.

People need to wake op and realize who the real information gathering and dissemination enemy is. Most people have no idea that Google shares their information with everyone on the list of results that they get from them that's why I recommend using the Scroogle Scraper for truly anonymous and encrypted delivery of search engine results.

I try the best I can to be security conscious and this is why I am very interested in any documentation that you have about Comodo selling user information because it wouldn't be right to act on hearsay.

~Maxx~
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21 Sep 2010   #49
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

have a look here and here for example - i only did a quick google - it's quite funny really, if true.
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21 Sep 2010   #50
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Zone Alarm!
It used to be one of the best but has gone to junk after they changed ownership a couple of years back.
I agree. I won't touch ZA now.
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