ZoneAlarm Firewall

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  1. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    I use the free version of ZoneAlarm - is it worth it to upgrade to ZoneAlarm pro? This most recent virus has gotten me thinking that the free version might not be enough and that I should stop being cheap.

    Or might some other firewall, or perhaps one of those routers that include firewall protection be better? I'm just a standalone, non-networked PC.

    Thanks
     
  2. RickLe

    RickLe Stunt Coordinator

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    I do run a Linksys router providing a hardware firewall, and ZoneAlarm Pro full version as a software firewall. I also run pest patrol (protection again back door trojans), Norton antivirus, and The Cleaner. A firewall will not protect you against the new virus, if anything get an update from Norton.
     
  3. Brent_H

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    i would stick with the free Zone Alarm, it does the job just fine for the average user. Also, if you keep your anti-virus software updated, you will be fine. just for the record, AVG anti-virus is the best thing out there, and its free. oh yeah. http://www.grisoft.com

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  4. Rob Gillespie

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  5. RickLe

    RickLe Stunt Coordinator

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    Actually Rob, virii don't get stopped by firewalls, they are primarily forwarded in email attachments, which are hidden and processed by your email. If you allow your firewall to allow your email programs to process you will receive these emails.

    I have had several forwarded emails that have come into my system, and were stopped only by Norton or PestPatrol.

    Even firewalls can be easily hacked and brought down if someone wants access to what you have.
     
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  7. Leo_P

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    My $.02:
    Take the money you'd spend on ZA Pro and get a NAT router. Then think about getting an anti-virus program. And don't forget to get programs like Spybot and AdAware.
    But none of this stuff will help if you're not VERY careful about what you download and/or open.
    FWIW, I have a Linksys BEFSR41 router configured so all of my ports are "stealthed" (thanks to grc.com)[​IMG], ZoneAlarm and Norton's Anti-Virus. My PC was unaffected by the "blaster" (knock on wood[​IMG]).
     
  8. Rob Gillespie

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  9. JamesHl

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    How about an SPI router, eh? Even better.
     

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