ZoneAlarm, outbound guardian Video
ZoneAlarm, outbound guardian Video Transcript
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>> Seth Rosenblatt: Zone Alarm is one of the oldest names in firewall technology, and like many other security stalwarts that suffered a fallow period, think Norton and their recent resurgence, the program is poised to return as a major player. I am Seth Rosenblatt for CNET download dot com, and in this "First Look" video, I'll be giving you a quick tour of Zone Alarm 9.2 and explaining a bit about why it's once again worth checking out. Designed to be used in conjunction with an anti-virus program, the strongest tool in Zone Alarm's belt is its outbound firewall. Though Windows does offer some outbound protection, it's not activated by default. Most users tend to leave it off because they either don't know about it, or when they do turn it on, it regularly interprets their work flow with pop up security warnings. An outbound firewall does more than prevent your computer from spreading viruses and malware to others. If your computer has been compromised by a botnet, for example, outbound protection will stop it from sending your data back to its host servers. It can also stop programs spoofing, which is when a malicious program pretends to be a good one, and IP spoofing, which is when harmful network transmissions dress up as safe ones. This update to Zone Alarm includes Defense Net, their proprietary behavioral detection system of anonymously-contributed data that's used to verify and block threats. Previously, it had only been present in Zone Alarm's anti-virus programs. You can opt out when you install, but contributing doesn't negatively affect your system's performance. The Zone Alarm toolbar has also been given more than a simple spit-shine. You can opt out of installing it when you run the main installer and install it later if you wish, but key security features won't be activated. Hiding the toolbar after it's been installed won't disable its protections, which include the aforementioned signature and erustic [phonetic] based interface anti-phishing protections as well as customizable safe-side buttons, and e-mail checking, six months' free identity theft protection from Identity Guard, and two gigabytes of free online backup at iDrive. The program does have limitations. The toolbar only works with Internet Explorer and Firefox, and some users won't even tolerate the few pop ups that come as the program is initially learning how often and why your computer accesses the Internet. Worst of all, years of updates that didn't address user complaints will probably keep some people from ever trying the new version despite its significant improvements. However, it's free. People should at least give it a shot. Worst case, you can always uninstall it, and write Zone Alarm a nasty letter. Your "First Look" at Zone Alarm free firewall. I'm Seth Rosenblatt for download dot com. ^M00:02:39 [ Music ]
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