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Thread: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

  1. #1
    Miss Crystal Light
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    Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall and how does it compare
    to ZoneAlarm? I don't know much about all of this and maybe there is
    something even better that I am unaware of. If there and if so, which
    is it and why is it better, please?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Crystal

  2. #2
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:15:21 -0400, Miss Crystal Light wrote:

    > Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall and how does it compare
    > to ZoneAlarm? I don't know much about all of this and maybe there is
    > something even better that I am unaware of. If there and if so, which
    > is it and why is it better, please?
    >
    > Thank you in advance for your help.
    > Crystal


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  3. #3
    Erik Vastmasd
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:15:21 -0400,when reading
    "comp.security.firewalls", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Miss
    Crystal Light <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com>" saying:

    >Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall and how does it compare
    >to ZoneAlarm? I don't know much about all of this and maybe there is
    >something even better that I am unaware of. If there and if so, which
    >is it and why is it better, please?


    After reading your previous posts I understand you are using DSL and if
    so you are protected from incoming threats by way of your router.

    I've tried Comodo but uninstalled it because I thought it to be over
    kill due to my own setup.

    ZoneAlarm is trash and I wouldn't recommend that anyone use it.

    I use the last free version of Kerio dated back to 2002/2003

    <http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/files/keriopf215.zip>
    --

    Erik.

  4. #4
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Wed, 01 Oct 2008 18:52:02 +1000, Erik Vastmasd wrote:

    > On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:15:21 -0400,when reading
    > "comp.security.firewalls", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Miss
    > Crystal Light <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com>" saying:
    >
    >>Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall and how does it compare
    >>to ZoneAlarm? I don't know much about all of this and maybe there is
    >>something even better that I am unaware of. If there and if so, which
    >>is it and why is it better, please?

    >
    > After reading your previous posts I understand you are using DSL and if
    > so you are protected from incoming threats by way of your router.
    >
    > I've tried Comodo but uninstalled it because I thought it to be over
    > kill due to my own setup.
    >
    > ZoneAlarm is trash and I wouldn't recommend that anyone use it.
    >
    > I use the last free version of Kerio dated back to 2002/2003


    <snip undesired URL>

    So, now you feel safe with an (so-called) security application dated back
    to 2002/2003?

    Any 3rd party software personal firewall application (PFW) which claims:
    "It can stop/control malicious outbound traffic" is Phony-Baloney ware
    (Trash)!

  5. #5
    Root Kit
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Wed, 01 Oct 2008 18:52:02 +1000, Erik Vastmasd
    <erik.vastm@sd.invalid> wrote:

    >I use the last free version of Kerio dated back to 2002/2003


    Good luck using outdated, unsupported "security" solutions.

  6. #6
    Root Kit
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:15:21 -0400, Miss Crystal Light
    <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall


    No. Because Comodo is not a firewall and there is no such thing as a
    *good* so called personal firewall - at least not if security is your
    concern. There may be other considerations that could justify
    installing something like that - but security wouldn't be one of them.

  7. #7
    Miss Crystal Light
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    Friends, here are the thing I have and use. Please look it over and
    give me your thoughts on if I am protecting myself sufficient or
    should changes be made?

    Maybe I already have what I should need. Here is what I have:

    D-Link DI-524
    (http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DI-524-.../dp/B0001PFQ08)

    NOD 32 Anti-virus

    Webroot's Spy Sweeper

    Every Saturday or so, I run the following programs:

    Cleanup
    CCleaner
    Evidence Eliminator
    Spybot
    Ad-aware

    Am I covered pretty much? I do a lot of online banking and I am always
    afraid of being hacked.

    I do not know anything about the router except I do not use it in
    wireless mode. The cable from my cable HS provider goes into the
    router and then into the cable modem and then into the computer, all
    connected by cables.

    Is there anything else I should be doing and considering the above,
    should I go ahead and turn the XP firewall on? It might already be.

    Thanks for your help,
    Crystal

  8. #8
    Erik Vastmasd
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 17:31:45 +0700,when reading
    "comp.security.firewalls", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Kayman
    <kaymanDeleteThis@operamail.com>" saying:

    >On Wed, 01 Oct 2008 18:52:02 +1000, Erik Vastmasd wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:15:21 -0400,when reading
    >> "comp.security.firewalls", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Miss
    >> Crystal Light <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com>" saying:
    >>
    >>>Is Comodo consider the best or a good firewall and how does it compare
    >>>to ZoneAlarm? I don't know much about all of this and maybe there is
    >>>something even better that I am unaware of. If there and if so, which
    >>>is it and why is it better, please?

    >>
    >> After reading your previous posts I understand you are using DSL and if
    >> so you are protected from incoming threats by way of your router.
    >>
    >> I've tried Comodo but uninstalled it because I thought it to be over
    >> kill due to my own setup.
    >>
    >> ZoneAlarm is trash and I wouldn't recommend that anyone use it.
    >>
    >> I use the last free version of Kerio dated back to 2002/2003

    >
    ><snip undesired URL>
    >
    >So, now you feel safe with an (so-called) security application dated back
    >to 2002/2003?


    Yes I have always felt safe with Kerio.

    What do you use?
    --

    Erik.

  9. #9
    Erik Vastmasd
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Wed, 01 Oct 2008 10:49:11 GMT,when reading "comp.security.firewalls",
    I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Root Kit <b__nice@hotmail.com>"
    saying:

    >On Wed, 01 Oct 2008 18:52:02 +1000, Erik Vastmasd
    ><erik.vastm@sd.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>I use the last free version of Kerio dated back to 2002/2003

    >
    >Good luck using outdated, unsupported "security" solutions.


    What do you use?
    --

    Erik.

  10. #10
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Thu, 02 Oct 2008 16:51:33 +1000, Erik Vastmasd wrote:

    <snip for brevity>

    > Yes I have always felt safe with Kerio.
    > What do you use?


    WinXP built in firewall together with Seconfig XP
    http://seconfig.sytes.net/

    I Practise Safe-Hex and day-day work is performed in LUA.

  11. #11
    Erik Vastmasd
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:45:32 -0400,when reading
    "comp.security.firewalls", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of "Miss
    Crystal Light <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com>" saying:

    >Friends, here are the thing I have and use. Please look it over and
    >give me your thoughts on if I am protecting myself sufficient or
    >should changes be made?
    >
    >Maybe I already have what I should need. Here is what I have:
    >
    >D-Link DI-524
    >(http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DI-524-.../dp/B0001PFQ08)
    >
    >NOD 32 Anti-virus


    I use NOD 32 Anti-virus too.

    >Webroot's Spy Sweeper
    >
    >Every Saturday or so, I run the following programs:
    >
    >Cleanup
    >CCleaner
    >Evidence Eliminator
    >Spybot
    >Ad-aware


    I only run Ad-aware & Spybot daily.

    >Am I covered pretty much? I do a lot of online banking and I am always
    >afraid of being hacked.


    That could depend on what browser you use and whether you allow web
    sites to save cookies.

    >I do not know anything about the router except I do not use it in
    >wireless mode. The cable from my cable HS provider goes into the
    >router and then into the cable modem and then into the computer, all
    >connected by cables.


    Have you actually disconnected the wireless antenna from your router?

    I often visit the web site "ShieldsUp":
    <https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2>

    If anyone visits "ShieldsUp" have a read of the web page and if
    satisfied press "Proceed"

    >Is there anything else I should be doing and considering the above,
    >should I go ahead and turn the XP firewall on? It might already be.


    Don't turn on the XP firewall it only protects against incoming alerts
    which are already attended to by your router.
    --

    Erik.

  12. #12
    Network Admin
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    "Miss Crystal Light" <ferrante276-crystallitght@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:vbk8e45tb489kg1t20mjck80ol7jqhbj5h@4ax.com...
    > Friends, here are the thing I have and use. Please look it over and
    > give me your thoughts on if I am protecting myself sufficient or
    > should changes be made?
    >
    > Maybe I already have what I should need. Here is what I have:
    >
    > D-Link DI-524
    > (http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DI-524-.../dp/B0001PFQ08)


    Good. Make sure the wireless function is turned off if you are not using it.
    Also turn off UPnP (if the router has such an option) unless you really need
    it and know why you need it (Google it).

    >
    > NOD 32 Anti-virus


    Good. I don't have a virus scanner on my own PC, however I do have one on
    the PC that the kids use. Run a full system scan occasionally.

    >
    > Webroot's Spy Sweeper
    >
    > Every Saturday or so, I run the following programs:
    >
    > Cleanup
    > CCleaner
    > Evidence Eliminator
    > Spybot
    > Ad-aware


    Mostly a waste of time. I'd have to admit to running Spybot S&D occasionally
    but that's mostly because it provides an easy way to remove unwanted start
    up items and to check what ActiveX and BHOs are present.

    >
    > Am I covered pretty much? I do a lot of online banking and I am always
    > afraid of being hacked.


    Don't use Internet Explorer. Use Firefox 3.0.3 or later or another browser.
    Configure the browser to clear private data when you close it, if you wish.

    >
    > I do not know anything about the router except I do not use it in
    > wireless mode. The cable from my cable HS provider goes into the
    > router and then into the cable modem and then into the computer, all
    > connected by cables.
    >
    > Is there anything else I should be doing and considering the above,
    > should I go ahead and turn the XP firewall on? It might already be.


    The XP firewall should be turned ON. Anyone who tells you to turn it off is
    giving very bad advice. It does not matter whether you have a router or not.
    It is not necessary to install other firewall software on your computer.

    Consider using open DNS (Google it) and set it up to block content that you
    are not interested in. The best way to deal with malware is not to get it at
    all.

    Sites such as Gibson's shields up are mostly a waste of time for the average
    user.

    Set up your computer to use a limited user account for everyday work.
    Only log in as administrator when you have to (such as to install new
    software).

    You should be using XP service pack 3. Go to Windows Update and make sure
    all critical updates are installed.

    Be in a position to restore the computer to a clean state if it does get
    compromised by malware or if the hard drive fails.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_cloning

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clonezilla

    >
    > Thanks for your help,
    > Crystal




  13. #13
    Gary
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    Erik wrote:

    > Have you actually disconnected the wireless antenna from your router?


    That's not necessary if it has an option to disable the WLAN altogether.

    > I often visit the web site "ShieldsUp":


    Please don't send people there. He's not a security expert as he
    misunderstands even the most basic TCP/IP concepts.
    http://web.archive.org/web/200706220....grcsucks.com/

    > Don't turn on the XP firewall it only protects against incoming alerts
    > which are already attended to by your router.


    Even as of SP3 it's on by default.

    -Gary

  14. #14
    Miss Crystal Light
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?


    >
    >>Am I covered pretty much? I do a lot of online banking and I am always
    >>afraid of being hacked.

    >
    >That could depend on what browser you use and whether you allow web
    >sites to save cookies.


    I am using FireFox, the latest version. Should I allow cookies to be
    saved? Some sites will not open unless I do so. Your thoughts, please?
    >
    >>I do not know anything about the router except I do not use it in
    >>wireless mode. The cable from my cable HS provider goes into the
    >>router and then into the cable modem and then into the computer, all
    >>connected by cables.

    >
    >Have you actually disconnected the wireless antenna from your router?


    Yes, a long time ago.
    >


    >I often visit the web site "ShieldsUp":
    ><https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2>


    I will visit that site too.

    Thanks,
    Crystal



    >
    >If anyone visits "ShieldsUp" have a read of the web page and if
    >satisfied press "Proceed"
    >
    >>Is there anything else I should be doing and considering the above,
    >>should I go ahead and turn the XP firewall on? It might already be.

    >
    >Don't turn on the XP firewall it only protects against incoming alerts
    >which are already attended to by your router.


  15. #15
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Sat, 04 Oct 2008 22:36:32 -0400, Miss Crystal Light wrote:

    >>
    >>>Am I covered pretty much? I do a lot of online banking and I am always
    >>>afraid of being hacked.

    >>
    >>That could depend on what browser you use and whether you allow web
    >>sites to save cookies.

    >
    > I am using FireFox, the latest version. Should I allow cookies to be
    > saved? Some sites will not open unless I do so. Your thoughts, please?
    >>
    >>>I do not know anything about the router except I do not use it in
    >>>wireless mode. The cable from my cable HS provider goes into the
    >>>router and then into the cable modem and then into the computer, all
    >>>connected by cables.

    >>
    >>Have you actually disconnected the wireless antenna from your router?

    >
    > Yes, a long time ago.
    >>

    >
    >>I often visit the web site "ShieldsUp":
    >><https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2>

    >
    > I will visit that site too.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Crystal
    >
    >
    >
    >>
    >>If anyone visits "ShieldsUp" have a read of the web page and if
    >>satisfied press "Proceed"
    >>
    >>>Is there anything else I should be doing and considering the above,
    >>>should I go ahead and turn the XP firewall on? It might already be.

    >>
    >>Don't turn on the XP firewall it only protects against incoming alerts
    >>which are already attended to by your router.


    http://web.archive.org/web/200706220....grcsucks.com/
    :-)

  16. #16
    123robint
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?


    i used comodo cos i was warned off Zonealarm for vista. vist fw does
    not protect outgoing traffic and allows your pc to phone home to Seattle
    everytime you log on - hate that - but comodo stops it and also
    automatic updates from M$ - remember how bad they were in the early
    dayes of xp

    has anyone used

    http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html

    vista firewall controller.

    it offfers a way to reconfigure vista fw so that it does inspect
    outgoing packets. its a free dl and people seem to like it


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  17. #17
    Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    123robint <123robint.3q0gfc@donotspam.com> wrote:
    > i used comodo cos i was warned off Zonealarm for vista. vist fw does
    > not protect outgoing traffic and allows your pc to phone home to
    > Seattle everytime you log on - hate that - but comodo stops it and
    > also automatic updates from M$ - remember how bad they were in the
    > early dayes of xp


    a) AFAIK Microsoft added outbound control functions to the Windows-
    Firewall in Vista (due to popular demand).
    b) I have yet to see a single so-called "phone-home" in Windows that
    cannot be deactivated by proper configuration.
    c) If the vendor of an operating system really wants his operating
    system to phone home, then there is no way at all a software running
    *on* *top* of this operating system could prevent that. Read
    "Reflections on Trusting Trust" [1] to understand why that is.

    [1] http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

    cu
    59cobalt
    --
    "If a software developer ever believes a rootkit is a necessary part of
    their architecture they should go back and re-architect their solution."
    --Mark Russinovich

  18. #18
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firwall?

    On Thu, 2 Apr 2009 15:03:46 +0530, 123robint wrote:

    > i used comodo cos i was warned off Zonealarm for vista. vist fw does
    > not protect outgoing traffic and allows your pc to phone home to Seattle
    > everytime you log on - hate that - but comodo stops it and also
    > automatic updates from M$ - remember how bad they were in the early
    > dayes of xp
    >
    > has anyone used
    >
    > http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html
    >
    > vista firewall controller.
    >
    > it offfers a way to reconfigure vista fw so that it does inspect
    > outgoing packets. its a free dl and people seem to like it


    You are not going to find anything better than the Vista FW and Vista in
    itself due to the advanced features the FW and Vista are using.

    PFW Criticism.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persona...all#Criticisms

    Jesper's Blogs-
    At Least This Snake Oil Is Free.
    http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesp...l-is-free.aspx
    Windows Firewall: the best new security feature in Vista?
    http://blogs.technet.com/jesper_joha...01/426921.aspx

    Exploring The Windows Firewall.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tec...l/default.aspx
    "If you try to block outbound connections from a computer that’s already
    compromised, how can you be sure that the computer is really doing what you
    ask? The answer: you can’t. Outbound protection is security theater—it’s a
    gimmick that only gives the impression of improving your security without
    doing anything that actually does improve your security. This is why
    outbound protection didn’t exist in the Windows XP firewall and why it
    doesn’t exist in the Windows Vista™ firewall."

    Managing the Windows Vista Firewall
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../cc510323.aspx
    *(read twice!)*

  19. #19
    123robint
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firewall?


    hi all


    thanx for your input, the plot thickens, or was it always that way

    I have severasl machines, and my main work machione, a trusty XPsp3 old
    beast with a lot of precious applications (i keep my data on external
    usb drives

    i have this protected by avg antivirus v 8 and Zonealarm

    now these have done sterling service over the years and I found the
    best way to stop outgoing traffic is never to connect to the inet -
    stoopid but it works for me.

    now I had recourse to clean out my machine and reinstal the apps and XP
    afresh. I was amazed how often various apps including of course M$
    wanted to access outside ofr "updates" even though ive turned this
    feature off

    its very disturbing when you see what activity is attempted and you
    woyuldnt know about it.

    over the last 7 years ive only had serious viral attacks due to my own
    clumbsiness in not checking apps. I have since got a simple workhorse
    to try out new stuff before letting it near my main machine. I also
    have a separate simple old xp machine whose sole purpose is to
    communicate with the web

    i xfer what data i need via a usb thumbdrive, its crude but i sleep
    easy

    its not an option for a real office but at least i can manage my
    environment as im only a soho and actually want to do some work, not
    spend time fooling around with M$

    Now I have a new spiffy Toshiba laptop with the obligatory Vista home
    premium installed. A whole new ball of wax, cos i actually need to
    communciate on the road, so hence my interest in commodo

    it seems to block a lot of outgoing requests, especially from M$


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  20. #20
    Kayman
    Guest

    Re: Is Comodo the best FREE firewall?

    On Fri, 3 Apr 2009 14:57:53 +0530, 123robint wrote:

    > hi all
    >
    >
    > thanx for your input, the plot thickens, or was it always that way
    >
    > I have severasl machines, and my main work machione, a trusty XPsp3 old
    > beast with a lot of precious applications (i keep my data on external
    > usb drives
    >
    > i have this protected by avg antivirus v 8 and Zonealarm
    >
    > now these have done sterling service over the years and I found the
    > best way to stop outgoing traffic is never to connect to the inet -
    > stoopid but it works for me.
    >
    > now I had recourse to clean out my machine and reinstal the apps and XP
    > afresh. I was amazed how often various apps including of course M$
    > wanted to access outside ofr "updates" even though ive turned this
    > feature off
    >
    > its very disturbing when you see what activity is attempted and you
    > woyuldnt know about it.
    >
    > over the last 7 years ive only had serious viral attacks due to my own
    > clumbsiness in not checking apps. I have since got a simple workhorse
    > to try out new stuff before letting it near my main machine. I also
    > have a separate simple old xp machine whose sole purpose is to
    > communicate with the web
    >
    > i xfer what data i need via a usb thumbdrive, its crude but i sleep
    > easy
    >
    > its not an option for a real office but at least i can manage my
    > environment as im only a soho and actually want to do some work, not
    > spend time fooling around with M$
    >
    > Now I have a new spiffy Toshiba laptop with the obligatory Vista home
    > premium installed. A whole new ball of wax, cos i actually need to
    > communciate on the road, so hence my interest in commodo
    >
    > it seems to block a lot of outgoing requests, especially from M$


    You really should stick to your original thread and do some reading!

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