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Our Firewall Shop offers hardware firewalls (wired or wireless routers) and software firewalls because security experts recommend using both. They complement each other. Hardware firewalls are better at blocking incoming attacks and software firewalls are better at blocking outgoing attacks.

Personal Firewall Software

  • Download ZoneAlarm Pro (Zone Labs) or get a Zone Alarm Pro CD (Amazon)

    • Features -- Inbound and outbound personal firewall, advisor services, ad and pop-up blocking, cache cleaner, cookie control, mobile PC protection, password protected settings, my Vault, ID lock, host file lock, advanced and outbound mail safe, hacker ID, and expert firewall controls.

    • Endorsements -- PC World Best of 2004 (6-2-04); tied for editor's choice PC Magazine 11-25-03; also a CNet editor's choice 11-25-03.

  • Norton Personal Firewall 2004 CD (Amazon)

    • Features -- Inbound and outbound personal firewall, ad blocker, network detector, intrusion detection, privacy control, program control, live update, and integrates with other Norton products.

    • Endorsements -- Tied for editor's choice PC Magazine 11-25-03.

Internet Security Suites

  • Norton Internet Security 2004 (Amazon)

    • Features -- Personal firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, cookie manager, ad blocker, privacy and parental controls.

    • Endorsements -- Personal Computer World editor's choice, 3-12-04, PC Magazine editor's choice four times -- Entire suite 11-25-03, firewall tied for editor's choice 11-25-03, anti-virus 11-25-03, and anti-spam 2-17-04; also got Small Business Computing award 1-23-04.

  • PC-cillin Internet Security 2004 (Amazon)

    • Features -- Personal firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, PDA, privacy, anti-spyware, url filtering & parental controls.

    • Endorsements -- PC World Best Antivirus of 2004 (6-2-04); PC World Best Buy 5-11-04; ZDNet editor's choice 11-5-03.

Hardware Firewalls (routers)

  • Wired -- Linksys BEFSX41 Firewall Router (Amazon)

    • Security Features -- 4-port switch and VPN Endpoint with Stateful Packet Inspection firewall protects PCs from Ping of Death, SYN Flood, Land Attacks, IP Spoofing, and Other DoS (Denial of Service) attacks.

    • Endorsements -- Scot's Newsletter top product 11-25-02; PC Magazine editor's choice 11-19-02.

  • Wireless -- Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster  (Amazon)

    • Security Features -- 128-bit encryption, DHCP Server, SPI firewall, VPN pass-through, and web browser-based configuration utility. Also offers optional new Linksys Parental Control Service for browser and email.

    • Endorsements -- CNet Editor's Choice June 9, 2004; PC Magazine Editor's Choice May 18, 2004.

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Firewall Shop Notes

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