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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