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Windows 7: Is 7's firewall enough?

21 May 2010   #31
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Sorry about that. I am using a Online Armor free firewall. I set on as basic settings as I can and still pass GRC. leak test. Here is a site that I use for finding free software. This guy tests all the software and provides results about resource usage, speed and effectiveness etc. Fairly informative.
Gizmo's Freeware | The #1 bookmarked Freeware site


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21 May 2010   #32
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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Sounds like you did the shields up test. Mine was also stealthed. The firewall test is called leak test. It's a little test that you have to download. That's the one that will tell you if your firewall is working. You can be in stealth mode and totally safe from inbound attacks, yet still fail the leak test. I would download leak test and try again. That's what happened to me.
Thanks for the info. My firewall failed me!!! Any ideas on how i could improve my firewall?

Thanks
What firewall are you using?

Keep in mind that you are safe from hackers and scanning bots. The leak test shows that if you download and install a program, malware or legitimate, that program can access the internet. It does not mean your firewall is ineffective; it means your firewall does not block outgoing connections.
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21 May 2010   #33
kucing13

 

firewall failed? depends on the site that you surfs on mate
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21 May 2010   #34
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post

What firewall are you using?
I'm using the inbuilt windows firewall and my router's firewall.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6;
Keep in mind that you are safe from hackers and scanning bots. The leak test shows that if you download and install a program, malware or legitimate, that program can access the internet. It does not mean your firewall is ineffective; it means your firewall does not block outgoing connections.
Ok thats good to know. So my firewall can't block outgoing connections but I don't mind because i'm very cautious with the programs i download and install on my comp. So as long as I download trusted programs my comp is safe.
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21 May 2010   #35
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post

What firewall are you using?
I'm using the inbuilt windows firewall and my router's firewall.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6;
Keep in mind that you are safe from hackers and scanning bots. The leak test shows that if you download and install a program, malware or legitimate, that program can access the internet. It does not mean your firewall is ineffective; it means your firewall does not block outgoing connections.
Ok thats good to know. So my firewall can't block outgoing connections but I don't mind because i'm very cautious with the programs i download and install on my comp. So as long as I download trusted programs my comp is safe.
It is not that your firewall can't block outgoing; it is just not set up to do so. Yes, your computer is safe unless you download something bad.
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21 May 2010   #36
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Asking if Windows Firewall is enough is a very vague question. There are so many factors that come into play.

-do you have a hardware firewall?
-what are your browsing/downloading habits
-how well to protect yourself from viruses/malware
-do other people use the machine in question who may not use safe surfing and downloading habits

I could go on but the point is that Windows Firewall is enough for me but I am comfortable at being able to keep my machine clean and I have a good idea of practices and habits that may make my machine vulnerable. It only takes 1 mistake and you have something on you machine that renders your hardware and software firewall useless. Common sense with a mix of a router and a software firewall is ultimately the best protection. I do recommend using Windows 7 Firewall Control if you do choose to use only Windows Firewall.

Found here:
Windows 7 Firewall Control : Sphinx Software
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22 May 2010   #37
kucing13

 

so far windows firewall protect me and im just browsing safely to keep it in shape
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22 May 2010   #38
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I use Windows 7 firewall as my Intel dealer recommended and works just fine. From my memory W/7 firewall is inbound and outbound protection. So far my dealers customers have had no problems with it.
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22 May 2010   #39
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I use Windows 7 firewall as my Intel dealer recommended and works just fine. From my memory W/7 firewall is inbound and outbound protection. So far my dealers customers have had no problems with it.
You are correct - if you know how to configure the rules for outbound protection. Without the rules, it does not protect against outbound.
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24 May 2010   #40
ctt1wbw

OS X Snow Leopard, Windows 7 Pro on the MacBook.
 
 

I just installed the Comodo Free Firewall. So far so good. And I passed the GRC leak test.
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