Mike Dymond wrote:
> Which Firewall is best for Vista?
Avoid any Norton products, entirely. They consume far too many system
resources for what they do.
> Zone Alarm?
A good product, and much easier to configure than Vista's built-in
firewall. I had no problems beta testing the Vista-compatibile version,
but I don't know if it's gone "Gold," yet.
Vista's built-in Windows Firewall is adequate for most users, but not
particularly easy to configure. Vista's built-in firewall, although
superior to that of WinXP, is of a rudimentary nature, intended to meet
the simpler needs of most home consumers (or business/enterprise clients
already ensconced behind more advanced perimeter defenses).
One 3rd-party add-on (Sphinx's Vista Firewall Control
) might make the Vista Firewall a bit more
useful to you, but nothing but a completely independent product will be
able to provide the detailed control you want.
There are two interfaces for Vistas built-in firewall:
1) A simplified one accessed through the Control Panel that is the only
one most people see.
2) And the more advanced "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
(WF.msc)," accessed via the Start Menu's Administrative Tools folder,
for the experienced user who wants better control.
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