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Nick

Zone Alarm

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I was checking my links to make sure they work on the new site, and I see that for the Zone Alarm one in my signature, they have changed the page and added some kind of cookie and tracking test. I remeber leaving Zone Alarm behind as my firewall when it went to the 3.x version and it loaded much slower and seemed to be mostly bloat added. Now it checks email, blocks pop ups, and many other things. With ZA doing so many other things, I wonder if it is has time to be a firewall.

 

Some sarcasm in my post BTW.

Edited by Nick

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There shouldn't be any crossover by these apps into several territories in my opinion. As you noted:

 

It makes them bloated

It loses some credibility

They become weaker because they are doing too much

They will never be as up-to-date as the dedicated apps

They are slower

 

etc. etc.

 

Norton is a good example of a virus scanner come spyware scanner. It is no way as good as Spybot or Ad-Aware when it comes to targetting spyware so why bother? Why not leave it up to the experts at it?

 

That one almost answers itself if you think that the line these malware authors have crossed is almost into trojan territory.

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The free version is still just plain firewall and works well (I don't count its elementary email protection, that's disabled, using NAV instead).

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Worse comes to worse, I have the ZA 2.7 build 311 installer sitting around, since that seems to be the only one that works with some of the software I use.

 

You want it, let me know. I'll FTP it to my webserver and leave it for you for a 24-hour window.

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Thanks for the offer Tuxedo, but I'm happy with Sygate and I'm looking to go to a 100% rules based firewall somtime soon. Perhaps Look n Stop or Kerio.

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