Security Corner

Apr 17 2008   7:05PM GMT

Top Five Personal Firewalls

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

How well does your personal firewall protect you? GRC’s Leak Test, PCFlank, and Bob Sundling’s TooLeaky all provide a quick way to check your personal firewall to see if it effectively blocks outbound connections. But if you really want to know how well your firewall protects you against a whole host of known attacks, check out Matousec’s Firewall Challenge website. Here are the top five based on Matousec’s extensive testing:

  1. Comodo Firewall Pro 3.0.21.329 (Free)
  2. Online Armor Personal Firewall 2.1.0.119 ($40, Free version available)
  3. ProSecurity 1.43 ($30 single PC home user, $40 household)
  4. Outpost Firewall Pro 2008 6.0.2302.264.0490 ($40/year for 3 home PCs)
  5. Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0.1.325 ($80/year for 3 PCs)

The top two, Comodo and Online Armor, scored 100% on the tests. I’m using Comodo from now on.

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