Suggestions for a outbound firewall?

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I finally uninstalled Zone Alarm. The recent conflict between Zone
Alarm and the latest Microsoft Hotfix was the final straw. My computer
is now running a lot faster (especially on boot-up), so I am glad I
did. And I still have good inbound protection between the router and
WIndows Firewall, well at least the router. Since getting FiOS two
years ago I do not believe Zone Alarm has even logged a single inbound
intrusion attempt. Everything has been stopped at the router, even if
it does not stealth my computer. I had really only been running Zone
Alarm for the outbound protection it provides, but every ZA update got
bigger and slower...

So I would like to get a good, non-resource hog, outbound software
firewall for controlling what programs can and can not access the net.
The program does not even have to provide any inbound protection. I am
not so much worried about Trojans, which would hopefully be stopped by
my anti-virus software and safe computing. However, I do not want
legitimate programs "phoning home", sending whatever information they
want.

Can anyone offer any suggestions? The smaller the program the better.
Free would be best, but I'd be willing to pay for a good program.


Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
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Then configure the legitimate programs so that they don't "phone home".

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You really don't need to add unnecessary complexity to your computer, but if
you are going to insist on doing so then the following was mentioned
recently in another thread.

http://force.coresecurity.com/index.php?page=about



Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:36:56 -0400, "Cantril rasheedin"

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Easier said than done sometimes. Though it has been a while since a
program has tried to connect to the net, thus causing a ZA alert,
without first asking permission. When a program tries to connect
without first informing me of the connection I am more likely to ask
what type of information is being sent?

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Thanks. I've bookmarked that site and will research the program some
more later.

I haven't ruled out to just sticking with what I am using now. But if
I can add an extra layer of defense without negative effects on my
computer then I figure, why not?

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Ok, do you have any or all of the following installed? And if so, do you
have the most recent version and all available security updates?

Windows XP
Adobe Reader
Flash Player
Shockwave player
Real Player
Java
Other software not listed

If you find that you are lacking security updates (and are thus vulnerable
to intrusion), ask yourself what stopped you getting notification that a
critical update was available.



Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
I did the same thing to my husbands machine and got rid of ZA at the moment
it's running the windows one but I will probably install Online Armor which
is the firewall I have on my machine and I can tell you that it is a far
superior firewall without all the bloat and is a lot more informative and
easier to understand.
Have a look at the Tallemu website.

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Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 21:40:43 +0100, "Joan Archer"

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Thanks. Essentially that is what I'm looking for. Something that
provides the protection without all the bloat. I can't believe how
much faster my computer is without Zone Alarm.

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Glad you are finding OA a good replacement for Zone Alarm, sorry but I don't
know what Magic Jack is but have you posted about this at the Online Armor
forum, there are a lot of knowledgeable people there who will be willing to
help you with it.

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I did not replace ZA but another Firewall that was rated very good
"COMODO?".  Magic Jack is a USB thumb device that allows you to make calls
via the internet.  Will try the forum, to see why magic jack has 8 entries
on the allowed programs.  TX..


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<g> Sorry about that, probably because I'd mentioned Zone Alarm thought
you'd replaced that as well <g>
Yes give the people at the Tallemu forum a try, I think you'll find they can
help you.
Good luck.

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Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:24:29 GMT,when reading "comp.security.firewalls",
I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Jon Purkey

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Being behind a router you would be wasting your money if you pay. :-)

Until recently I was using Kerio 2.1.5 on one computer.
It's light weight and free.
<http://www.filewatcher.com/m/kerio-pf-2.1.5-en-win.exe.2170516.0.0.html

On a second computer I was running Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808
(8.8 MB) from <http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=sygate

Sygate is free but asks for an email address for which jon@hotmail.com
would suffice because it doesn't check and then won't ask again.

Just for the moment I'm running the Sygate firewall on both computers
but try them both, I'd recommend either.

If you choose to install either of those disable Windows firewall first.
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Erik.

Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
On Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:20:54 +1000, Erik Vastmasd

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will do some research on both.



Re: Suggestions for a outbound firewall?
On Fri, 11 Jul 2008 23:47:06 GMT,when reading "comp.security.firewalls",
I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Jon Purkey

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You're welcome.
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Erik.

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