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Comodo Firewall Version 3.0

As I'm using Linux as my primary OS, I don't pay as much attention to the latest releases of Windows security software as I used to. That's one of the advantages of Linux, it is much more secure out of the box. However, while updating my mother-in-law's computer while she was visiting this week, I noticed that there is a major new version of Comodo Firewall, the best freeware software firewall available for Windows XP and Vista according to many security experts -- the best free or paid software firewall available according to some experts.

Comodo Firewall 3.0 adds the following features to its already powerful set of tools:

* Clean PC Mode -- This patent pending feature profiles a new PC and its applications and registers the existing applications as safe. From then on, the only applications that are installed on your PC are those applications listed in Comodo’s White List Database of over 1 million trusted applications or new applications that you specifically allow to be installed. This feature prevents most types of malware and rootkits from being installed and keeps a new PC virus and malware free.

* Advanced Network Firewall Engine -- Comodo Firewall Pro offers the highest levels of perimeter security against inbound and outbound threats

    + Protection against hackers, malware and identity thieves
    + New Stealth Mode that makes your PC invisible to hackers and port scans
    + Highly configurable rules interface (for advanced users)
    + Wizard based auto-detection of trusted zones

* Defense Plus Host Intrusion Prevention System -- With Comodo Firewall Pro 3.0, we added another critical layer of protection to our world-class firewall. Defense Plus is one of the most advanced Host Intrusion Prevention Systems available in any desktop security program.

    + Bulletproof protection against root-kits, inter-process memory injections, key-loggers and more
    + Authenticates the integrity of every program before allowing it to load into your computer's memory
    + Alerts you every time an unknown or untrusted application attempts to run or install
    + Blocks Viruses, Trojans and Spyware before they can ever get onto your system
    + Prevents unauthorized modification of critical operating system files and registry entries

* Unrivalled Control over your security -- Comodo Firewall Pro 3.0 has a completely redesigned security rules interface. Users can quickly set access rights and privileges on a global or per-application basis using the flexible and easy to understand interface. The firewall also contains pre-set policies and wizards that help simplify the rule setting process.

* Intuitive User Interface -- Comodo Personal Firewall 3.0’s interface features significant improvements over previous versions.

    + Summary screen gives an at-a-glance snapshot of your security settings
    + Easy and quick navigation between each module of the firewall
    + Context-relevant help and advice available throughout the application

If you aren't using a software firewall on your Windows PC, you probably should be. Comodo Firewall 3.0 is one of the best software firewalls available and it's completely free. Give it a try.

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista
Price: Free
Web Site: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

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The firewall Online Armor Free Edition also has a 100% leaktest rating and a terrific HIPS, like Comodo. Supposedly it's less "noisy" and complicated than Comodo.

Thanks for this, it's really great. Even my techie tweaking needs are satisfied and there's a few really good touches such as letting you know the top 3 bandwidth users on the summary page. Plus it's all pretty lightweight.

Also, your blog is cool. :)

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