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ZoneAlarm Firewall Free Editor's Review

Nowadays, using a standalone antivirus suite for PC protection is not enough; you also need a Firewall to bolster the level of defence against malware and myriad online threats. A PC firewall serves as the first line of security against any malware intrusion, covering both incoming and outgoing network traffic. A free firewall may make some security conscious users frown but ZoneAlarm’s Free Firewall has enough elements in it to please demanding users. As it is, the company pioneered the concept of Firewall applications in computing several years ago. The new version of its free firewall comes with solid protection and a few add-ons like Facebook privacy checker.
ZoneAlarm free Firewall runs on PCs with Windows XP and later versions. In default mode, the installation is pretty fast. It also installs ZoneAlarm toolbar in browser. After the process is completed, you need to reboot the PC.

The UI of ZoneAlarm free Firewall is not much different from the commercial siblings made by the company. Its main UI has three large panels reflecting status of PC security. They are- Identity & Data, Firewall and Antivirus. The Antivirus component is not installed with this software. You may opt for ZoneAlarm’s free Antivirus as well. A quick access icon sits at system tray that can be used to get access to main components of the suite.

ZoneAlarm free Firewall fares much better than other contenders it its category to various types of online and stealth attacks. You cannot terminate its processes using Windows Task manager either. The application stealths all system ports well thereby making them immune to online attacks. It does not thwart exploit attacks at network level but those attacks cannot compromise its security barrier. The default safety settings are ideal though advanced users can tweak the settings.

ZoneAlarm uses SmartDefense Advisor database to allow or deny web access to applications installed in a PC rather than popping up prompts every now and then. It fares exceptionally well in thwarting malware that exploit valid applications to access web. The application has a feature named OSFirewall for application monitoring. It offers behavior-based protection. There is a gamer mode to disable all pop ups and prompts by the application.

ZoneAlarm free Firewall comes with an anti-phishing component. It shows a warning when a fraudulent website is accessed. However, ZoneAlarm's detection rate lags behind that of IE’s Smart Screen filter. It is better that you enable SmartScreen Filter and use ZoneAlarm too.

You will be hard pressed to find a PC user who does not have a social media profile especially in Facebook. ZoneAlarm free Firewall now has a Facebook application which offers safety for your profile. The application comes with 5GBonline backup provided by IDrive. However, you could avail the same offer directly from IDrive. You can specify a security key for security of backed up data but forgetting the key can be disastrous. The backup utility has a slightly complex UI. ZoneAlarm toolbar that is installed with the suite offers a ‘Do Not Track’ feature for privacy in web browsing. The new ZoneAlarm toolbar is less cluttered than its predecessors.

Positive Points:
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Easy to use and configure.
- Excellent protection from online stealth attacks.
- Bundled Anti phishing component
- Added Goodies like Facebook Privacy check.

Negative Points:
- Phishing protection not exactly stellar.

Conclusion:
ZoneAlarm free Firewall beats most of its category contenders hands down. It offers robust firewall protection for your PC and thwarts a majority of stealth attacks. Unlike some applications, it does not bombard users with annoying prompts when an application seeks web access. The application also resists attempts of rogue applications from disguising as valid applications and connecting to the internet. Its core processes cannot be terminated easily. The bundled goodies like backup and Facebook privacy modules are quite useful. It is only in phishing site protection the suite loses some shine and lags behind IE’s Smart Screen Filter by a margin.

Rating:4/5







ZoneAlarm Firewall Free Publisher's Description

The WorldOCOs most downloaded firewall software

* Free protection against hackers and spyware
* Effective and quiet security that wonOCOt slow you down
* Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Millions of people around the world use ZoneAlarm Free Firewall. Our free software blocks hackers and prevents viruses & spyware from stealing your personal data and sending it out to the Internet. Also, works great with any antivirus software.

Benefits & Features:

Firewall Protection
Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.

* Systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts
* Automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet

Features:

DefenseNet - New
Leverages real-time threat data from community of millions of users to detect and block the latest attacks.

Inbound Firewall Protection
Stops hackers and other intrusions by making your PC invisible online.

Outbound Firewall Protection
Blocks spyware, botnets, and other malware from sending your personal data out to the Internet.

Quiet and Automatic
Runs in the background, un-noticed and out of the way, with rare alerts.

Anti-phishing and Site Check - New
Toolbar blocks fraudulent websites including those that trick you into entering personal data.

Identity Guard - New
Provides credit scores and recovery services to secure your identity online and offline.

Works with all Antivirus
Compatible with antivirus software, such as AVG and Norton Antivirus.

Free download from Shareware Connection - The WorldOCOs most downloaded firewall software * Free protection against hackers and spyware * Effective and quiet security that wonOCOt slow you down * Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP Millions of people around the world us

Publisher: Zonelabs | License: Shareware
Version: 11.0.000.057 | Size: 2396 KB | Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: ZoneAlarm Firewall Free

Author Url: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Download Url: http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/free/1001_za/zafwSetupWeb_110_000_057.exe
Screenshot Url: http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/images/productDetails/screenshot/1.gif

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