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  • December 14th, 2009, 03:43 AM

    Surfs Up!

    Soo... when you establish an HTTP connection SPI can mitigate a call to local resources? (You use any P2P clients?) Is the ARP cache protected under SPI, or fragmentation packets? How about xmas?

    Better run SPI and a good software based firewall. Better yet, a node dedicated to penetration, like Snort, but that's a little too nerdy.
  • December 9th, 2009, 04:41 AM
    Your best protection would be had by using a router with a built-in (hard wired) Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. A hard-wired firewall far exceeds the protection afforded by any software firewall.

    Am I OT in suggesting a router for a "free firewall" topic? I think not. The router itself isn't free (but it's cheap), HOWEVER the firewall is built in to the router; hence one might say that the firewall is, in essence, "free". Okay, I'm splitting hairs -- so shoot me.

    But seriously -- if you are a high-risk surfer (&/or paranoid), truly excellent protection is always the best bargain in the long run. A router affords truly excellent protection -- mega-miles better than a software firewall. For sure.
  • October 19th, 2009, 12:59 AM
    Sygate is now owned by Symantec, I have not heard that it is being maintained. Check this notice:
    Sygate Online Services .

    Here is what are rated highly by MajorGeeks: - Download Freeware and Shareware Computer Utilities. I've used Comodo and didn't care for it, currently using Outpost. I used Sygate for a long time, but when they stopped maintaining it, I went with something being kept up to date.

    I also refer to Matousec's testing.


  • October 18th, 2009, 09:40 PM
    If you're already behind a router/firewall then you could probably stick with Sygate.
  • October 17th, 2009, 11:52 PM
  • October 17th, 2009, 01:56 PM
    I don't use it now, but i found zone alarm was o.k
  • October 17th, 2009, 11:56 AM

    Best Free Firewall Program?

    Anyone recommend a Good free firewall for Vista/XP? I am using Sygate Personal Firewall now, and wondered if there may be a better one? Thanks for your input.

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