iCEhOT Posted February 21, 2006 Share Posted February 21, 2006 Hi,As the topic says, why is it every single software firewall out there is complete crap?? I have been testing almost EVERY firewall I can find on the internet today for the past few months and ALL of them are crap.Each one of them has a few nice features, but most of them are unusable on a daily basis. Yes they all block leak tests and stealth my ports, big deal is that the only thing firewall makers are interested in? How about the UI??99% of all firewalls out there dont even use a trusted zone on layer 3, what good is it when you have a router to the internet in selecting your network card as either trusted or untrusted? Completely pointless, cos all LAN and Internet traffic goes out and in via the same interface. Why arent they doing it via the subnet? About the only firewall that does that is ZA.What about Norton?? Well the UI for that is all over the place, it wasn't intuitive at all plus it's just bloatware.Tiny, and Outpost are just too complex for a home system, yes i could spend all day configuring all the options and expert rules, but why?? These along with 90% of all other firewalls either have a "create a custom rule option" OR, "allow full access". What about denying all outbound access and allowing inbound or vice versa??Kerio was ok, but suffered from the interface problem described above.The only firewall really although it suffers from being a bit bloaty, that does everything i've described is ZA. But ZA is FULL of bugs, it cant get anything right, the installer hangs for 10 minutes trying to install it, most of the system tray icons disappear with it running, u cant use ebay properly cos it blocks something ebay uses. And what about trying to give svchost.exe internet server rights (perhaps for allowing remote desktop to any user) well that doesnt do anything, ZA just ignores the option you set. How about allowing port 3389 through the internet zone options? Well that works for an hour or so, before again ZA seems to get stuck in a memory leak, and freezes when RDP'ing in after only a few seconds.And what about all the magazines that rate norton and ZA so highly as well???? Have they not even used the buggy and bloaty software? All they seem to do is ask "does the interface look pretty?" and "does it block steve gibsons leak test?" well they both do so they must be our editors pick.Why cant software companies just develop a good firewall??Anyways, rant over, just getting fed up with the firewall arena, and wanted a place to let off some steam Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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