Promising New Free Firewall!

Peter Whitman wrote:

Been a long time user of Zonealarm and came across a newcomer called Freedom. It *appears* as though it will give the other firewalls a run for the money. I dumped BlackIce because of stability problems it caused on my system. Might want to mention this to the readers….

Indeed, Peter, thanks.

"Freedom" actually is more than a firewall; it’s an entire suite of free tools including a Firewall, a Form Filler (to speed up and secure online registrations and transactions), a Cookie Manager, an Ad Manager, and a "Keyword Alert" that watches for user-specificed information (say, your phone number, or credit card numbers) in outbound traffic so it can be flagged for your approval before it departs your system.

There’s also a premium version with even more features.

There are some caveats: Freedom won’t work with :

  • AOL and CompuServe 2000
  • IPX/SPX network protocols; Novell Netware Client32
  • Free ISPs that require mandatory proxies for advertising
  • Conceal Private Desktop/McAfee Personal Firewall
  • Macintosh and NT4
  • WinPoET when running on Windows 2000
  • all Internet connection sharing software (Freedom requires a direct connection to the Internet)
  • other firewalls if they are configured to deny access to certain data ports
  • I’ve only just now downloaded Freedom, and have begun to see what it can do. But the feature list is so promising I wanted to alert you to it now, in case you wanted to get a jump on it right away. If it can do what it says it can do, it’ll be great!

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