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BradR wrote:Being a slightly stupid when it comes to internet security, I'm always in need of some kind of effective security which will prevent anything finding a open hole into my computer, but, I was wondering how effective Windows Firewall is by itself. Can it block pretty much everything, or most things shall I say?Yes, it does. It can completely block out any intruding and eavesdropping. In fact, any firewall does just that. A firewall is a screen between your computer and the internet. Windows firewall comes with a set of default rules to allow trusted programs and ports to communicate with the internet. If you have messed it up and allowed a rogue program, access to the internet, then yes, your security could be compromised.
WelshPaul wrote:It sure can. As mentioned elsewhere - I have been using windows firewall for years, does exactly what you expect it to do.Has it ever stopped any keyloggers or trojans? I've had a problem in the past with a trojan and it caused someone to gather information about me so I wouldn't want something like that to happen again.
I also make use of avast antivirus (free version) and find that very good too! In all the years I have been using both I have never been hacked or had a virus.
pwarbi wrote:I'm also a fan of the Windows firewall aswell to be honest. There's other's available of course and I've tried a couple but they don't seem to perform and better or worse than the standard Windows one so I've always just stuck with that.That's the right way to go. I don't think they actually differ much if you think about it. Some might say this one is better than the other, when they all have weaknesses to different types, it's just more like the user's responsibility to use the computer wisely.
I know I certainly wouldn't pay extra for a different one anyway, put it that way. It does everything you want and expect a firewall to do, and while others might claim to have extra features, at the end of the day just what features do you actually need? If it blocks what it's supposed to do, that's more than good enough for me.
pwarbi wrote:Your obviously not going to want a firewall to block everything, so being able to customise the program is going to be key.Yes I agree with you! Sometimes the Windows Firewall even blocks some games and I need to costumise to allow them :P but of course that Windows Firewall is enough for the people that use the PC for the daily activities like browsing the social medias, watching one or another video, email etc
With the Windows firewall it does give plenty of options and can be configured by everybody from beginner to an advanced users so. A lot of other firewalls can be confusing if you don't know exactly what your doing and you'll end up with either no security at all or too much.
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A very good topic.