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    Kevin
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    I downloaded the zonelabs firewall, before I install it I wanted to know; is there any downside to it? Will it slow down my connection or anything?

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    Zonelabs firewall is my favorite.
    It doesn't log intrusion attempts, that's a downside.
    Any firewall by virtue that it exists in your connection will slow the connection, but not noticably. Go ahead and install it, play with it, reconfigure it and then you decide.

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    I use ZoneAlarm, BlackICE and ClearICE(a Reporting Utility for BlackICE). ZoneAlarm works great. However I use it only for monitoring outbound traffic. Like PaulLuke said its downside is that it doesn't log very well. This is why I use BlackICE for inbound traffic and use ClearICE for extracting information about events logged by BlackICE. I have not had any noticable performance hits on my 667MHZ PIII with 128MB RAM. Give it a try. I am sure you will like it. Hope this helps you.

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    I just downloaded ZoneAlarm on Monday...it's logged three attacks (they call them alerts). Or are you talking about a different type of log (that you report that ZoneAlarm dosn't have)?

    Forgot: it's V2.1

    [This message has been edited by chacmool (edited 04-21-2000).]

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    Chacmool:
    Zonealarm has alerts like you say, It will not log to a file so you can review the intrusion attempts later. Once you click okay on the popup, your log is gone.

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    Lex Luthor
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    Paul,

    Version 2.1 of zonealarm does have a log feature to log your alerts?

    Lex

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    Speedy_Gonzales
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    Yes, version 2.1 does have a log where u can check out later all the alerts.

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    chacmool
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    ZoneAlarm logs are in C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\ZALog.txt

    However, the "attacks" (alerts) are not.

    [This message has been edited by chacmool (edited 04-21-2000).]

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    It will not work with Sygate or any type NAT service for sharing Internet Connection.

    They recommend installing it on the client computers, but then that leaves the server unprotected!

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    chacmool
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    Say DIDS: How does one get ClearIce?

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    DIDS
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    Chacmool,

    ZoneAlarm does have a log, but it gives you very little information. This is the reason I have BlackICE. It logs a wealth of information about the "Intrusion" or "attack", and also information on the computer "attacking" you. You can get ClearICE from www.clariondeveloper.com, but it only works with BlackICE. Hope this helps you.

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    InHere
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    I have a Linksys router, with latest firmware, and have hardware firewall. Used ZoneAlarm for a bit, but with win 2K and this setup, I feel pretty good and secure.

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    Master-Drew
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    Yah its a good firewalling program and no it wont lag your system activity or internet at all.... Go for it. Its a good program!

    : )

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    Fade Ruatha
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    Has anyone else tried the new 2.0 version of Sybergen Secure Desktop (used to be Syshield)? They really improved this version over the 1.1 they had when I signed up for it. It now monitors all outbound traffic and sets up a rights/permission (FINALLY!). It also has a good log file for monitoring scans/intrusions/pings etc. It has a very low system footprint but does not work with ICS (from what I understand). When Steve Gibson reviewed the 1.1 version he was right, it didnt have a trusted IP feature which it now does. Looks like the folks at Sybergen listened.

    The big problem I have with Zonelabs is info they are collecting with it. Privacy baby. Nothing is free.

    [This message has been edited by Fade Ruatha (edited 04-21-2000).]

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    I use BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, & McAfee Guardian.
    - BlackIce is easy, has great logging and descriptions of intrusion attempts, but doesn't handle outgoing activity. Sometimes goes overkill on alarms. I prefer overkill to underkill, tho.

    -ZoneAlarm is free, does handle outgoing, BUT gathers info (Aureate client?), has less helpful website than BlackIce, and has less info in logs. Not sure if it's a keeper.
    Aureate info: http://grc.com/optout.htm (includes a download to kill spyware)

    -McAfee Guardian blocks cookies, ads, and the frequent(!) attempts to pull my credit card # and personal info. Not sure how the sites get at my credit card thru BlackIce and ZoneAlarm, but I would never know if Guardian did not warn me.

    Check the security of your online connection: https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2.

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    SeedOfChaos
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    I have ZoneAlarm and BlackICE installed, for the reasons mentioned above. I just love the reporting features fo BlackICE, and the control of outbound traffic ZoneAlarm allows.

    Cheers,
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    I'm using zone alarm now and it's great......just make sure u turn it off before using napster/or playing games because it'll give u a higher ping then normal.....and you won't be able to send files through napster

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    Hmm, I am using zone alarm right now on the server on an ICS shared network. (SWBell PPPoE if that matters). It works fine - I still get pings around 45-50 on a 12 player UT games, and napster works fine to. All I had to do was abasically give both programs full access to the internet, and definte which network cards my local intranet was on, set the appropriate security levels - and it works like a charm. Had it running on the client computers before I really thought about it and realized that was pointless .

    Chris Bennight

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    SeedOfChaos
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    Well, there is another way to use Napster with a firewall:
    change the data port. Default is 0, and I couldn't transfer anymore. 6699 works just fine for me....you can change it in the preferences.

    Cheers,
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