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rynox
05-20-2005, 09:12 PM
We have a few servers that we want to add a firewall to (software, host-based personal firewall). We want something cheap, simple, and low-profile. More gadgets and eye candy is the last thing we need, just something small and quiet, please.

Any suggestions?

rynox

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-21-2005, 04:29 AM
Hmm ZoneAlarm comes to mind, but sygate is okay to, not nearly as many options but it does stop attacks if thats all you are worried about if you are worried about spyware, then zonealarm might be the way to go, as it can block cookies and animations that could be potential spyware.

mindlessLemming
05-21-2005, 06:12 AM
Zone Alarm is okay, but the latest version doesn't play friendly with XPsp2.
I'm currently using Kerio (http://www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html) and I'd go as far as to say it's better than ZoneAlarm Pro -- and it's free :)

Not a real nice UI, but who cares ;)

Auriga
05-21-2005, 06:33 AM
Some interesting reviews on around 50 personal Firewalls can be found here (http://www.firewallguide.com/software.htm).

Should make it easier to make your decision. ;)

whackaxe
05-21-2005, 12:01 PM
ive tried ZoneAlarm, kerio and Tiny(?) firewalls. my favorite was Kerio. zonealarm feels really bloated to me and doesn't give me the control or advanced options i wanted. Tiny had exactly the UI and features i wanted, unfortunatly i couldn't get it to actually block any posts or filter traffic :p Kerio, although a bit confusing at first is nice to use after a while and gives you good control. it's been ages since i used a firewall though so product updates might have made my comments outdated. my 2 cents in any case.

JamieR
05-21-2005, 12:23 PM
ZoneAlarm is pretty good, but I don't like it's whole 'security package.' I've used McAfee personal firewall for the last year until recently. Now I'm just using Windows Firewall on XP Pro SP2 until I find a decent alternative. Hardware firewalls are good ;)

rynox
05-23-2005, 03:37 AM
ive tried ZoneAlarm, kerio and Tiny(?) firewalls. my favorite was Kerio. zonealarm feels really bloated to me and doesn't give me the control or advanced options i wanted. Tiny had exactly the UI and features i wanted, unfortunatly i couldn't get it to actually block any posts or filter traffic :p Kerio, although a bit confusing at first is nice to use after a while and gives you good control. it's been ages since i used a firewall though so product updates might have made my comments outdated. my 2 cents in any case.

Actually, I've been leaning towards purchasing Tiny Personal Firewall for this purpose and using the downgraded 2.0.15 version... but I'm not sure if it will run on Windows 2000 Servers.

I'll check out ZoneAlarm, but if it's real intrusive and feature-bloated, then we can't use it.

ryno

Spookster
05-23-2005, 04:10 AM
What we did at work is grabbed a cheap little simple pc and slapped linux on it and set up linux's built-in IPtables firewall and ran our outside internet connection through that and then into our rack full of switches. Much easier to manage one firewall then have to deal with many. This solution is much cheaper since linux and it's firewall capabilities are free. The only cost was the pc which is basically an old barebones computer which no frills.



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