One Way -- Two Way?



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One Way -- Two Way?

Postby Carl » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 09:09:53 GMT

I understand that the Windows XP firewall blocks incoming but not outgoing.
If one uses an AV program and one or more spyware/malware programs,
Is the One-Way Windows XP firewall adequate?

Thanks for advice/opinions

Re: One Way -- Two Way?

Postby Lars M. Hansen » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 09:51:30 GMT

On Tue, 9 Nov 2004 17:09:53 -0700, Carl spoketh

If you have anti-virus software, and scan your system for spyware every
so often, use have the Internet Zone in IE set to "High" and in general
use common sense when you're on the internet, then the answer is yes.

Lars M. Hansen
(replace 'badnews' with 'news' in e-mail address)

Re: One Way -- Two Way?

Postby George Ruch » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 10:11:07 GMT

No, no, no, not only no, but hell no.

The failure of SP2's firewall to monitor outbound traffic is a weakness
easily exploited by any number of mass-mailer worms.  Even if you detect
and remove such an infection after the fact, the damage is done and both
you and your ISP end up on a DNS blocklist.

The ZA Pro, from version 5.x, IIRC, includes monitors specifically for
large volumes of outgoing traffic.  I haven't worked with others (Kerio
4.x, Sygate, etc.) to comment on them.

|     George Ruch
|     "Is there life in Clovis after Clovis Man?"

Re: One Way -- Two Way?

Postby Vanguard » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 15:20:46 GMT

Why do you care?  You get the Windows Firewall in WinXP SP-2 (or 
Internet Connection Firewall in pre-SP2) for free.  Well, there are 
plenty of other 3rd party firewalls that are LOTS better and they are 
free, too, like Sygate Personal Firewall ( http://www.**--****.com/ ) and 
ZoneAlarm ( http://www.**--****.com/ ).  For the same [lack of] money, you 
can get a much better firewall.  Some ISPs even have deals to provide 
their customers with firewall software for free, so ask them.

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