June 2nd, 2004, 03:41 PM
Sygate or ZoneAlarm
Alright I am wondering what would be a better firewall software. I have used sygate for awhile but a fellow employee just picked up a copy of ZoneAlarm Pro 4 and I am wondering what the AO community feels is a better firewall. I have been using Sygate for about 8 months now and it has never let me down but I always like upgrading. I do not know much a ZoneAlarm and have been doing some reading on it.
Please let me know you input on the situation.
June 2nd, 2004, 04:02 PM
In my opinion sygate is a better product but donít let that stop you from trying something new. Install zone alarm and if it sucks just go back to sygate. Heck youíre probably going to encounter Zone Alarm while youíre fixing your family/friend/coworkers computer anyways so might as well get familiar with it.
June 2nd, 2004, 04:10 PM
I used Sygate briefly but found ZA easier to configure, personally.
June 2nd, 2004, 04:39 PM
Another vote here for Sygate. I used ZA for a long time, but found that it was not as stable as sygate after updates. I use Sygate Pro and have never had a problem with it. ZA is easy to configure and in fairness to the product I have not used the latest and greatest, so it may now be more stable.
I am a creature of habit. I know Sygate, I liker the product and will stick with it....My two cents.
June 2nd, 2004, 06:23 PM
Sygate is a very good product, ZA blows chunks, IMHO. ZA has a history of ignoring serious bugs and limitations in the product as well as trying to stiffle real concern about their QA practices. Just because it's a "best selling" or "easiest to use" (which it isn't) product doesn't mean it's the best for the job or the most capable.
I personally use Agnitum's Outpost because of it's open source nature and the fact that I can custom build plugins for it. I like having control. hehehe.
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June 2nd, 2004, 06:26 PM
No kidding? I hadn't heard about this. What's the story?
...as well as trying to stiffle real concern about their QA practices.
June 2nd, 2004, 06:45 PM
Personally, I like ZA firewall, Open source nature seems interesting,
June 2nd, 2004, 07:03 PM
If you say you are comfortable with Sygate, then why change that? You like it and you know how it work's, it's performance, etc then why change that and use something that could possibly screw up on you? Now, I agree with cwk9 in an aspect that you should try it, but try it at home or on another box.
Agreed, Open Source is the best
because of it's open source nature and the fact that I can custom build plugins for it. I like having control.
June 2nd, 2004, 07:10 PM
Here're a few links:
They do suggest that Sygate's the better product..but I found ZA easier to configure
Ofcourse,a firewall in the end's only as good as you configure it,so make sure you read up on whatever you decide to use
Here's a nifty little program that claims to check the usefullness of your firewall..I believe it's proved that BlackIce Defender has a pretty serious flaw..check it out..
June 2nd, 2004, 07:14 PM
Network ICE's BlackIce always has proved to have some kinda flaw in it. Sad, it's not THAT bad but far from close to any of the other's in term's of performance or reliability.