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At work I'm behind a hardware firewall, but at home and out and about I rely on the s/w one on my laptop.
As I see it I have 4 options:
1) Use XP's firewall
2) Disable XP's and install ZoneAlarm
3) Use both
4) Install another suppliers firewall
Which is going to be the most secure?
Am I right in assuming most hackers spend their time trying to find ways past MS offering?
I was researching firewalls a while ago having used Tiny Personal Firewall for some time and wondering whether I needed to upgrade or not. I was pleasantly surprised to find the TPF was considered the best at the time, so I have stuck with it since with no complaints. The free version is still available if you have a hunt around, or the current commercial versions now trade under the name of Kerio.
If your talking about a personal firewall here, then I would say the Windows Firewall does the job
From what I've read the Windows firewall, only works in one direction, to prevent people getting in. While ZoneAlarm also stops programs sending information to the internet, which would stop keyloggers etc.