McAfee Internet Security Suite - Good but for advanced users
by ankitmathur - 11/11/05 11:13 AM
In Reply to: Adaware & Firewalls by moonbeard
I've a dual-boot system with one of the OS being protected by ZoneAlarm & the other by McAfee Internet Security Suite.
Responding to your pick I too kind of agree that McAfee seems to be a pretty good firewall too but though its not giving messages like ZoneAlarm does pretty often it has some other problems like some of your programs or, internet will simply won't work with McAfee Firewall even in standard security esp. in case of Tight Security. This is bcoz in std. & tight security most of the IPs used to access on internet stands blocked. I have to keep a INBOUND APPLICATIONS window of McAfee Firewall open everytime I intend to access internet & time n again allow various IPs that the firewall seems to be registering. Zonealarm doesn't seem to have this particular problem perhaps coz I didn't have to allow IPs every now n then when I work & access from ZoneAlarm OS.
At first I even uninstalled McAfee when I couldn't figure out what actually is the solution of the problem. Of course there was no point having a firewall but still running it in OPEN mode to access internet. Giving McAfee a second chance I happen to figure out this solution. Now though the pace of working seamlessly on internet with McAfee is a bit slow but I'm learning to live with it.
Further, its not that all's too good with ZoneAlarm too. While the annoying ALLOW-DENY windows propped up in the start, now they don't. When I tell ZoneAlarm to remember a setting it does so...:)
However, I was startled to note that zonealarm isn't protecting the identity of my PC as well as I was thinking it to be. This i came to know when I tried running Online Firewall Tests. As of now my zonealarm firewall is running with its default settings. The results were certainly what I wasn't expecting. My IP was always detected. I had some ports closed, while quite a lot were open to communicate with any program that intend to. I'm not a advanced firewall user so it was all going above my head. But one thing I noticed in 4 tests I conducted on different sites was that the bottom-line always was "I'm not totally secured".
I couldn't figure out a way to close those open ports too that my test sites showed to me. So perhaps my best bet is to roam around on net on known & trustworthy sites only & not hop onto any n every site that comes my way.
The debate for the best firewall will keep raging with so many competitors & new technology creeping in quick & fast. But going by the ease of use minus starting pop-ups I'll go with the general opinion for ZoneAlarm.
I'm sure there'll be many users, though using firewalls after reading so much about their usage on internet, are still trying to figure out how to best protect themselves by using the firewall to optimum.
Perhaps if some advanced users of firewall in this forum can help others configure their firewalls that'll be just great. Atleast I'll be oblidged with all the help.
Good day all........
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