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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Zone Alarm - Free Software Firewall

Sure, Windows XP comes with it's own Firewall software, but it has limited configuration options, so I prefer to disable the Windows Firewall and install the Free version of Zone Alarm instead.

Zone Alarm automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet and it not only identifies hackers and blocks access attempts from coming IN to your computer, but it also warns you if a program that is already on your computer is attempting to get OUT to the Internet without you knowing about it.

When I first installed Zone Alarm, I was amazed to see how many programs were attempting to sneak out to the Internet with information about me and my Internet usage habits. Did you know programs like Windows Media Player, Real Player, Adobe Acrobat, PhotoShop, and even Windows itself attempt to access the Internet and transmit information EVERY TIME YOU CONNECT TO THE INTERNET? And, if you have a high speed connection that is ON ALL THE TIME, these programs are free to go in and out every few minutes, without you ever even knowing about it. Scary huh?

If you don't already have it, I'd suggest downloading and installing Zone Alarm today!

Get it here: Download Zone Alarm

I hope you find this information helpful.

Hurricane Bob

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