Best choice for free personnal firewall ?

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Hi to all!
I've been using Kerio Personnal Firewall v2.1.something on my win XP for
1 year or so. No problem so far, except it gets hard to manage after 1
or 2 dozen custom rules.

What other free solutions are serious enough? I've heard negative
critics on ZoneAlarm and the FW included in Win XP SP2, but more
positive on Sygate PF? Any other solution? I haven't found any
opensource solution (on sourceforge.net and google)?

Thanks in advance for your hints!

BR,
Damien
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Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
:I've been using Kerio Personnal Firewall v2.1.something on my win XP for
:1 year or so. No problem so far, except it gets hard to manage after 1
:or 2 dozen custom rules.

Remind me not to try that one, then -- our custom rules would measure
in the hundreds.


:What other free solutions are serious enough?

:Any other solution? I haven't found any
:opensource solution (on sourceforge.net and google)?

http://osswin.sourceforge.net/#firewall

has complete source for 7 windows firewalls.

I did some analysis of one of those in a message earlier this year,
http://groups.google.ca/group/comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc/msg/06167b96fbbc3439

[If my detail there seems overly dramatic, read the first message
in the thread,
http://groups.google.ca/group/comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc/msg/f318460a821c53fb
]
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Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
Walter Roberson a écrit :
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http://groups.google.ca/group/comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc/msg/06167b96fbbc3439
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http://groups.google.ca/group/comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc/msg/f318460a821c53fb
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It's not your message that seems "dramatic" to me, it's the orginal
post... Wow, Black Helicopters !
Regarding your post, by "serious" I did not mean "vertuous and not prone
to sending my bank pin to the police", I just meant : not crashing, not
too open to worms and such, not to "fat" in my kit's memory.

Those 2 posts were worth reading though... Thanks !

Damien


Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
On Wed, 04 May 2005 23:03:52 +0200, in comp.security.firewalls  RE:
Best choice for free personnal firewall ?   Damien

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I tried Sygate PF and I liked it except for the massive traffic log
file it generated from the other two computers on my home workgroup
LAN. Even though I had a rule allowing all traffic from the IP
addresses of the two other computers, it logged all the traffic that
it saw from them and I couldn't see a way to turn that off. I found it
annoying, but you may not object to it.

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Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
vpdura@CLUTTERhiwaay.net says...
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Hi Vic.  Take a look at Sygate Log Viewer v1.2.  You can likely
set it up to fit your needs.
http://www.geocities.jp/bruce_teller/sygate5/spflgvw_en.htm
Casey


Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
On Thu, 05 May 2005 02:23:14 GMT, in comp.security.firewalls  RE: Re:
Best choice for free personnal firewall ?   Casey

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Thanks Casey. I'll check it out.

Regards,
Vic Dura

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Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
On Thu, 05 May 2005 02:23:14 GMT, in comp.security.firewalls  RE: Re:
Best choice for free personnal firewall ?   Casey

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I just checked Sygate Log Viewer and it is very nice. It really helps
a lot. Thanks for the referral. I'll be leaving the author a donation
to support further development.

Regards,
Vic Dura

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Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
Damien wrote:

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The thing is once the rules are established a rules based firewall such
as Kerio is no more difficult to manage than any other firewall.

The difficult part is in setting up the rules. There are at least two
sets of preconfigured Kerio rules that I am aware of... one can start
with those then establish their own custom rules for their particular
set of applications.

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As for other free firewalls...

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=57655



Re: Best choice for free personnal firewall ?
Joe Canuck a écrit :
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I guess so, but I have to say theinterface is not so clear, and
particularly does not allow to search, sort or filter the rules...

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Interesting collection & discussion... Thanks !

Any other impressions, or has everyone paid for a commercial solution?

Thanks again !

Damien

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