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Thursday, August 17, 2006

InformationWeek Tests Five Personal Firewalls

InformationWeek tested five personal firewalls: McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Norton Personal Firewall, Trend Micro PC-cillin and Zone Alarm Security Suite.

The conclusion says the following:

"Since the Microsoft Windows Firewall ships with Windows itself, the only recommendation to make is to replace it with something more robust as quickly as possible. McAfee's best attraction is SiteAdvisor, which adds a layer of behavioral protection on top of all the other things you normally get (although it is available separately), and Symantec's firewall is best if you want to integrate it into an existing suite of Symantec products already on your system.

ZoneAlarm is the best freeware choice, and can be readily upgraded to a full version later on. PC-cillin has the best all-around protection and sports a collection of nice bonus tools"

The full review is available here.

Strange enough that Serdar Yegulalp, an author of the review, did not include such great firewalls like Agnitum's Outpost, Kerio and Comodo. Especially keeping in mind that this missing trio provides better protection than tested products.

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