April 8th, 2004, 04:13 PM
Bitguard Firewall Version 2.4
Wanted to share my comments on Bitguard Firewall. I had the opportunity to test it out and found it to be a refreshing new and inventive firewall application. The following are some of my comments back to the developer on Bitguard. Also I will post their information from their web site on Bitguard.
Installation went smoothed with no problems in installing on my pc and there were no glitches.
After reboot on my system resources were showing at 84%. (Now in my opinion that is a bit of a draw on my system. Prior firewalls that I have tested were holding at 92 to 94% after reboot.
"Process in Memory"
Firewall exe - 8648kb
Firesvc exe - 6136kb
Again these are a bit of a draw on my pc......
My point being computers that don't have a lot of memory, this would strain ones pc a bit.
Your main interface is quite impressive to say the least!
Very easy to understand for the novice and advanced user. You have some very nice features incorporated in Bitguard such as the Matrix....I have never seen anything like this before!!
Logs........configuration........basic settings.......ip tracking and resolving....all these features are a plus ....nicely laid out........
Here are the following sites I have tested Bitguard against.
Bitguard passed all these port scans 100% Stealth!!
A.) In reference to the resouces this is a small problem from my view point. The resource level should hold around 92 to 95 % after reboot.
B.) Bitguard seems to draw more than average on resources.
The following is a direct quote from Bitguard Web Site on their firewall.:
--PRODUCT –BitGuard Firewall – OEM Version 2.4
Secure control of all network traffic and running processes
BitGuard Security Personal Firewall is designed to specifically meet the needs of home users, corporate users and laptop users with networked computers connected to an intranet or the Internet. It is packed with features to help control all traffic and launch of applications, and to help protect against attacks and the spreading of malicious data.
Based on a simple, easy understandable firewall structure that facilitates the configuration and ensures maximum security, the BitGuard Security Personal Firewall will provide one of the highest levels of protection available.
Features & Benefits
ü Process Control – Control which applications are able to run on the computer, and terminate the execution of unknown applications without it even being able to read a single line of code from its own executable.
ü Dynamic Return Port List – Simplifies use of applications where it is expecting delayed return traffic, requiring that no port configuration is needed.
ü Gigabit & Wireless Compatible – Offers fast stable protection on Gigabit and Wireless connections.
ü Encrypted databases – Provides security against malicious code trying to attack the firewall configuration, also prevents users from tampering with the firewall.
ü Always Protecting – All security elements located in a device driver that cannot easily be stopped, ensuring full protection at all times.
ü Password protection – Enables the user or administrator to fully lock the firewall to prevent unwanted configuration of the product.
ü Driver based – Located as an NDIS Miniport driver, the firewall functions at the lowest possible level in the operating system.
ü Protects system against unknown threats – By configuring the firewall to not allow any unknown processes to execute or communicate a system can be secured from unknown threats.
ü No hidden configurations – Simple and easy to manage configuration where all settings are visible with easy access.
ü Stealth ports – Hides ports on the computer, to prevent attacks and port-scans.
ü Low system requirements – Minimum system overhead required.
ü Block unwanted traffic – Configurable to automatically drop any illegal or unwanted network traffic.
ü Live statistics with Network Matrix – Graphical view of who the computer communicates with.
Biguard can match up with the big boys!!! Here is their web site!! Give it a try and post your opinions.