mixed review re: zonealarm

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Todd H., Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Todd H.

    Todd H. Guest

    OSbandito <> writes:

    > My Windows experience is only moderate compared to time spent on Mac.
    > But while using zonealarm on an XP machine last year, I decided to test
    > the jscript-blocking feature of the firewall. I found that when
    > javascript was enabled in either IE or Firefox, the firewall's script
    > filter wasn't keeping the browser from broadcasting my IP and other info
    > WHILE running through a good anon proxy. So, for me, zonealarm is useful
    > for easy configure and for its functions which do work, WHEN used in
    > conjunction with a recent-model router. For XP, remember to disable the
    > Windows built-in firewall.


    A software-only anonymous proxy can't hide your IP address unless it's
    working with a backend anonymyzing network of some sort (e.g. tor,
    ghostsurf).

    What specifically did your mac do in this regard that the win box
    isn't?

    Don't get me wrong, I'd much prefer using a mac over windows any day,
    but I'd like to be sure criticisms are at least fair/accurate.
    There are so many of those to choose from in that battle. :)

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    Todd H.
    http://www.toddh.net/
    Todd H., Sep 21, 2006
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  2. Todd H.

    OSbandito Guest

    My Windows experience is only moderate compared to time spent on Mac.
    But while using zonealarm on an XP machine last year, I decided to test
    the jscript-blocking feature of the firewall. I found that when
    javascript was enabled in either IE or Firefox, the firewall's script
    filter wasn't keeping the browser from broadcasting my IP and other info
    WHILE running through a good anon proxy. So, for me, zonealarm is useful
    for easy configure and for its functions which do work, WHEN used in
    conjunction with a recent-model router. For XP, remember to disable the
    Windows built-in firewall.








    think anon
    OSbandito, Sep 21, 2006
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  3. Todd H.

    OSbandito Guest

    Hey Todd, thanks for the info. I wasn't advocating for Macs, just
    commenting on zonealarm and the general thought that SW firewalls may
    not provide solid protection on any machine. re: hiding one's IP, I've
    found that a good anonymous proxy will indeed hide one's IP if java and
    scripts are disabled in the browser, even without any firewall. The anon
    proxy, however, will almost always pass along your OS, hdwe.platform,
    browser version and your local timestamp. But at least it's some anon
    and it's free. I'd love to try TOR or similar for real privacy, even for
    casual web-searches. Will be going with some sort of Linux or
    Solaris-type OS before long after putting together some new hardware.
    There's an issue with Rutkowska's "Blue Pill" that I want to avoid from
    the start, preferring older processor technology if it will avoid this
    problem. -b
    OSbandito, Sep 30, 2006
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