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Definitive Best Firewall 2012

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Poll: Definitive Best Firewall 2012 (321 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Lee G.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 12:59

An updated "Best Firewall" poll for 2012. Please use this as a reference when researching Firewall utilities. As time goes on, the poll can be updated to add further options.

Happy Voting!

#2 n_K


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Posted 01 January 2012 - 13:47

I always used to (and still do) use BlackICE and thought it was a pretty decent firewall, but apparently all a firewall does is block ports (mainly input). The analysing of traffic and rejecting packets etc. is the IPS part which is seperate from a firewall, so in terms of firewalls I'm using Comodo (on W7), BlackICE (on server), IPTables (on this linux box and my linux server) and snort [IPS] (on linux server).

#3 +patseguin


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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:27

I voted BitDefender because I love it. However, don't router's have a Firewall built in? I never understood the need for a firewall on an actual workstation.

#4 camuflage



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Posted 28 January 2012 - 00:38


#5 chrisdoland



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Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:24


#6 JJ_



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Posted 25 February 2012 - 15:51

Comodo, been using is since Sygate died.

#7 fenderMarky



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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:24

I always used Comodo... best for advanced configuration but at the same time easy to use.

#8 spiritv2



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Posted 15 March 2012 - 16:51

I didnt see windows7firewall control on the list, i use it on windows 7 and its done everything i've asked for and a small footprint to boot, they have a paid and free version (i use the free one) --> http://www.sphinx-soft.com/

p.s. - not selling it just recommending it!

#9 primexx


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 21:45

lol the two free ones with the highest votes

#10 The_Observer


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 23:38

Comodo, been using is since Sygate died.

Tell me about it Sygate was great!

#11 th3rEsa


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 22:07

LOL, how is a software a firewall?

#12 +goretsky


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:51

Hello Theresa,

These programs function as application firewalls. What that means is that these programs run on the host operating system and intercept network traffic in order to filter it and examine it for threats, or other unwanted/undesireable behavior. They can also do various things like blocking access to particular sites or network traffic ports, prevent programs from accessing the Internet on a case-by-case basis and so forth. They are similar to hardware firewalls and, in fact, have some overlap in functionality, but for the most part they perform a complementary function.


Aryeh Goretsky

LOL, how is a software a firewall?

#13 htcz


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:08

There are two types of firewall: Hardware and software.

Most routers have a basic (but highly configurable, depends on what router) firewall. It might be a overkill but most networks should have both: A basic very "loose" configured hardware firewall (and highly configured for machines that cant have a firewall installed) and a personalized software one.

Windows 7 Firewall, although OK, is weak compared to others out there on tha market (free and paid) :)

#14 Richard C.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 16:39

Another vote for Comodo here

#15 ybrett23



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Posted 26 March 2012 - 16:41

i use little snitch :)