Free personal firewall Privatefirewall review

Privatefirewall is an all purpose firewall with real time monitoring and intrusion detection, unlike Windows firewall that only monitors incoming connections, PrivateFirewall checks and blocks outgoing malicious trojans, in addition to monitoring computer processes and the registry which Windows firewall also leaves out. Privatefirewall is very easy to install working right out of the box after a computer reboot, it integrates tightly in the Windows Security Center disabling the built-in Windows firewall.

Running two firewalls at once could block some applications inadvertently, it is good practice to only use one, if firewalls rules were to conflict in between them there is no saying on what the network would do, to secure your computer a single firewall and a single antivirus is enough, you could run a hardware and a software firewall but once again, rules could conflict and it would not keep you much safer on the Internet.

Windows firewall alternative Privatefirewall

Windows firewall alternative Privatefirewall

Privatefirewall allows you to create a list to blacklist or whitelist (trusted) websites, everything that happens is logged in case you want to look up suspicious activities or just learn what certain installed application is connecting to on the Internet, emails are monitored to detect anomalies, like sending 100 emails in under 5 minutes, a strong indication that some kind of bot is doing that, the firewall rules based filtering allows for customization of individual software blocking Internet access to selected  programs while letting others through.

Privatefirewall main features

  • Packet filtering supports IPv4 and the new IPv6 addresses
  • Antihacker protection checks software behavior to identify malware activities
  • Email anomaly protection protects against own computer being used for sending spam
  • Advanced application management restricts programs rights, like executing code

Privatefirewall has a multilayered approach to computer security, it controls the way applications and processes operate in your computer, it detects Windows registry key value changes and stops untrusted executables being launched by camouflaged malware, popping up an alert when that happens, the firewall is lighter in resources than Comodo and ZoneAlarm, very easy to use for newbies, it comes with three preset profiles (home,work, on the road) with semi advanced control management for experienced users, definitely much better than the built-in Windows firewall and free for personal and commercial use, it seems like a bargain, specially indicated for those wanting a firewall for their tablet or notebook due to the few resources it uses and the “on the road” profile for mobile users.

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Review free version Outpost Security Suite

All round firewall & antivirus protection

The developers of the Outpost Pro security product line, Russian company Agnitum, have made available a free version of their Internet security suite named Outpost Security Suite Free Version.

Outpost Security Suite is available in 32bit and 64bit versions, you will be asked for your email address half way through the installation in order to receive your free license.

Outpost Security Suite advantages

Outpost Security Suite is ideal for novices as it is very easy to use and it works perfectly well with its default settings right out of the box, it provides you with protection against malicious hackers attacks, spyware, zero day viruses, spam filtering and more. This is an all round Internet security protection suite.

Free Outpost Security Suite

Free Outpost Security Suite

You can surf the Internet safe knowing that this free Internet Security suite uses the same solid technology that powers up the paid for version of this product, Outpost Security Suite Pro. While the free version of Outpost Security Suite does not allow for the extreme configuration that its paid for version does it is more than enough to protect the average home user computer, Outpost Security Suite makes for an excellent free alternative to Windows firewall and free antivirus.

Outpost Security Suite main features:

  • Lightweight suite (108MB)
  • Firewall protection
  • Antivirus (VB100 certified)
  • Virus¬†disinfection
  • Spam protection capabilities
  • Free anti-virus updates
  • Cloud based services (ImproveNet)

Outpost Security Suite disadvantages

Highly advanced users will definitely miss customization and firewall tweaking features, for example antivirus scan scheduling is not possible, there is no IP block list, no website ads blocking and no import/export of settings is possible.

All of those capabilities are available in the paid for version of this product.

Conclusion Outpost Security Suite free version

This is a great all round security suite for beginners and the average computer home user, those who like to download a firewall/antivirus, install it and forget about it for ever, will feel at home with the free version of Outpost Security Suite, if you need high firewall and antivirus customization then you will have to buy their Pro version.

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