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Windows 7: I'm looking for a good and advanced firewall for win7?

29 Jan 2018   #11
Loki

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

TinyWall

TinyWall - A free, lightweight and non-intrusive firewall

It's free and easy to use...

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29 Jan 2018   #12
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Domains:

Domains : Windows 10 Firewall Control: Sphinx Software

From the link (under 'Name Requirements' heading near top of page):

"Windows 10 Firewall Control can create filtering rules using domain (web site) strict names and name patterns. "*", "?" and "[a-x]" (character intervals) are allowed for the patterns creation. Example the "*telemetry*" pattern matches all the domains that include the "telemetry" word inside, e.g. "telemetry.microsoft.com", "telemetry.mozilla.org".

IP Address filters (including ranges of IPs):

Events : Windows 10 Firewall Control: Sphinx Software

From link (near bottom of page):

The rule can be created from the listed event precisely or the rule may be expanded by using a wider IP address/service range.


Apply once (asks for permission at each attempt to access internet for any specified program):

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You can turn the notification balloon off or on, as you please. It's default is 'On', which will provide a tooltip-like notification for each and every program/event/connection that tries to access the internet. You'll want to disable it for the permissioned events/etc., as it can become annoying.

W10FC secures outbound traffic only.

The only thing that W10FC won't do (AFAIK) is filter MAC addresses (that would be inbound filtering, at any rate). I think Sygate Personal FW will. If you're on a routered network, you can filter MACs through the router (the standard way of doing so).

But MAC address filtering does not provide much security, since it's fairly easy to snag one's MAC and spoof it.

As mentioned previously, you can create inbound rules using the MS Advanced settings of windows firewall. But in that case, you may want to use a software firewall that filters both inbound and outbound traffic.


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29 Jan 2018   #13
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
Domains:

Domains : Windows 10 Firewall Control: Sphinx Software

From the link (under 'Name Requirements' heading near top of page):

"Windows 10 Firewall Control can create filtering rules using domain (web site) strict names and name patterns. "*", "?" and "[a-x]" (character intervals) are allowed for the patterns creation. Example the "*telemetry*" pattern matches all the domains that include the "telemetry" word inside, e.g. "telemetry.microsoft.com", "telemetry.mozilla.org".

IP Address filters (including ranges of IPs):

Events : Windows 10 Firewall Control: Sphinx Software

From link (near bottom of page):

The rule can be created from the listed event precisely or the rule may be expanded by using a wider IP address/service range.


Apply once (asks for permission at each attempt to access internet for any specified program):

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You can turn the notification balloon off or on, as you please. It's default is 'On', which will provide a tooltip-like notification for each and every program/event/connection that tries to access the internet. You'll want to disable it for the permissioned events/etc., as it can become annoying.

W10FC secures outbound traffic only.

The only thing that W10FC won't do (AFAIK) is filter MAC addresses (that would be inbound filtering, at any rate). I think Sygate Personal FW will. If you're on a routered network, you can filter MACs through the router (the standard way of doing so).

But MAC address filtering does not provide much security, since it's fairly easy to snag one's MAC and spoof it.

As mentioned previously, you can create inbound rules using the MS Advanced settings of windows firewall. But in that case, you may want to use a software firewall that filters both inbound and outbound traffic.
Hello again
I thank you for all the tips and help.
Yes i want to control both inbound and outbound traffic.. as near as total control possible.

(But MAC address filtering does not provide much security)) Yes i know.. but it's inside my firewall/router i use this function.. so all my computers can connect to each other, but if a new computer connects to the network it is denied access. I don't have wifi. so i don't have to worry about my neighbors.. And my friends can only use a computer.. so i don't worry about in internal hacker.
So the firewalls more or less only control my computers outgoing traffic.. and is a second barrier if an attacker succeeds in hacking my first firewall.

About win10FC... I still don't get it without experimenting my self... I just cant see where all the options possibilities are.
I attach some pictures from my firewall, so maybe you understand what I mean.

rule list... simple to disable and activate the rules temporarily.
Adding a new rule and all the options.
And last some of the options in the firewall.

Can win10FC do all this and more?


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29 Jan 2018   #14
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Sygate was unique in its configuration and set up. I doubt you'll find a modern day software firewall that works the same. Here is a "top best alternatives site" that list several alternatives to Sygate PFW. It will at least give you some suggestions (of which there are 14).

I don't vouch for the credibility of the site itself. I suggest that, rather than clicking on the links they provide to the firewall sites that you search for the product and use one of the links that are returned.

I understand you want a firewall that will provide a front end allowing you to easily control both inbound and outbound, but of the two, outbound is the most important, since it will help prevent any rogue program, app, etc from sending data/personal information out. IOW, keeping a tight rein on network accessing events means that you prevent any attempts to 'phone home'.

If there's one bit of advice that will serve best, it is that the first and most important security measure is User common sense and caution. You may already know this.
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29 Jan 2018   #15
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Here is the forgotten link:

14 Sygate Personal Firewall Alternatives and Competitors 2018 Top Best Alternatives

Additionally, if you access public wifis (usually a bad idea), I recommend a reputable VPN. All VPNs are not equal. The highly advertised ones are generally not the one you want.

Here is a site with a lot of good info on vpns, what characteristics to look for and there is also a downloadable Excel chart (that is very wide) with numerous vpns and all of their "features" (good and bad).

I use two vpns that I chose based on the charts (really, on their characteristics and policies). One is Mullvad (the best due to the fact that they don't log traffic, bandwidth...nothing, but is a bit slower). The other is AirVPN, but they do log traffic. They are faster. Only a problem if you do illegal things or if Big Brother starts dominating the masses (an inevitability these days).

Both of these VPNs provide a windows app (and other OS's) and router configurations. The router usage is much slower, unless you have a powerful router.
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29 Jan 2018   #16
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
Sygate was unique in its configuration and set up. I doubt you'll find a modern day software firewall that works the same. Here is a "top best alternatives site" that list several alternatives to Sygate PFW. It will at least give you some suggestions (of which there are 14).

I don't vouch for the credibility of the site itself. I suggest that, rather than clicking on the links they provide to the firewall sites that you search for the product and use one of the links that are returned.

I understand you want a firewall that will provide a front end allowing you to easily control both inbound and outbound, but of the two, outbound is the most important, since it will help prevent any rogue program, app, etc from sending data/personal information out. IOW, keeping a tight rein on network accessing events means that you prevent any attempts to 'phone home'.

If there's one bit of advice that will serve best, it is that the first and most important security measure is User common sense and caution. You may already know this.
Yes.. Sygate was a good product.. to bad that symantec bought them up and scraped a good software I only wonder why the didn't developed the firewall instead.. symantec doesn't have any firewall without a lot of other stuff..

( Here is a "top best alternatives site" ) i think you forgot the link

( If there's one bit of advice that will serve best, it is that the first and most important security measure is User common sense and caution )
oh yes .. spot on but even the best can make mistakes, so antivirus and a goooood firewall is priceless those times.

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Edit: Now i can see the links
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29 Jan 2018   #17
JoWazzoo

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

While it too is no longer supported, a very powerful app is Private Firewall. It provides a lot of control and creation of powerful rules - inbound and out. I still use it on one of my machines.
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29 Jan 2018   #18
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
Here is the forgotten link:

14 Sygate Personal Firewall Alternatives and Competitors 2018 Top Best Alternatives

Additionally, if you access public wifis (usually a bad idea), I recommend a reputable VPN. All VPNs are not equal. The highly advertised ones are generally not the one you want.

Here is a site with a lot of good info on vpns, what characteristics to look for and there is also a downloadable Excel chart (that is very wide) with numerous vpns and all of their "features" (good and bad).

I use two vpns that I chose based on the charts (really, on their characteristics and policies). One is Mullvad (the best due to the fact that they don't log traffic, bandwidth...nothing, but is a bit slower). The other is AirVPN, but they do log traffic. They are faster. Only a problem if you do illegal things or if Big Brother starts dominating the masses (an inevitability these days).

Both of these VPNs provide a windows app (and other OS's) and router configurations. The router usage is much slower, unless you have a powerful router.
I don't have wifi.. my wifi-cards is removed in my laptops.. so if I am forced to use wifi I have a USB-wifi solution.. but I prefer to use mobile broadband in those cases.. Why have the cards if they have no use, they only steal resources.

I also use encrypted VPN.. top speed i have reached is 60Mbps, and they don't log traffic ether.. Not a free service and it's only based here in Sweden. so I'm not going to tip about them.
But i will read about your VPN tip. I will get a new firewall next week, and it's quite powerful So i guess it's going to be a lot of ???? and !!!!! and what a ****, before I get it to work fully
hmm .. Some of my friends call me security paranoid .. maybe they are right

Now it's time to sleep.. 04:30..
Thanks for all the tips
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29 Jan 2018   #19
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoWazzoo View Post
While it too is no longer supported, a very powerful app is Private Firewall. It provides a lot of control and creation of powerful rules - inbound and out. I still use it on one of my machines.
Okay, do you have a link? There are many search results on "Private Firewall".
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29 Jan 2018   #20
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marie SWE View Post
Okay, do you have a link? There are many search results on "Private Firewall".
Private Firewall was discontinued. Therefore, any download you find will be an old version.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marie SWE View Post
I also use encrypted VPN.. top speed i have reached is 60Mbps, and they don't log traffic ether.. Not a free service and it's only based here in Sweden. so I'm not going to tip about them.
Mullvad is in Sweden.

To give you an example of the usefulness of the chart earlier mentioned, the VPNs in Sweden that don't log any traffic (traffic, DNS requests, timestamps, bandwidth or IP addresses):

Azire
Froot
Mullvad
oVPN.se

There are a few others, but they log one or more of the logging categories mentioned above.
This list may be missing a few of those that do.


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hmm .. Some of my friends call me security paranoid .. maybe they are right
It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. The state of the world demonstrates that they are. It's not over-caution that kills the mouse.
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