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mochinist
07-18-2006, 02:20 PM
The free zone alarm isnt supplying updates for win 98 anymore, is there any other decent free firewalls out there that are any good?

Thanks

john2006
07-18-2006, 02:40 PM
Hi mochinist,

Jetico is supposed to be good...

http://www.jetico.com/index.htm#/jpfirewall.htm

They also rate firewalls for outbound protection here..

http://www.firewallleaktester.com/index.html

You might want to check into a hardware router...

http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2002/03/15/hardware_router_ntk_/

If you have an extra old computer you can make an excellent firewall out of it with this sofware...

http://smoothwall.org/

Before long, you won't be able to get anything for windows 98. I'm just sticking with the the most current version of ZA for my windows 98 machine, and use the Firefox browser.

Here's a few other firewall sites I found through my research. I had the same question as you a few weeks ago.

Firewall sites:

http://www.netveda.com/consumer/safetynet.htm
http://www.looknstop.com/En/index2.htm
http://www.borderware.com/products/steelgate/
http://www.ipcop.org/index.php
http://www.filseclab.com/eng/products/firewall.htm

You can still get software for windows 98 and good freeware at the following links, check out oldversion.com and the sover.net link listed below...

http://www.klitetools.com
http://www.snapfiles.com/
http://www.freebyte.com/
http://www.freewarehome.com/
http://www.techsupportalert.com/
http://sourceforge.net/index.php
http://www.freewarefind.com/
http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/
http://www.sover.net/~wysiwygx/
http://www.freewarepub.org/
http://oldversion.com/
http://www.pando.com/beta/front_page
http://free-software-on-the-web.com/

Hope this helps.
John

torker
07-18-2006, 02:56 PM
Hey Mo!

Where you been?

mochinist
07-18-2006, 03:22 PM
Hey Mo!

Where you been?Hey Torker, I lurk everyonce in awhile, I took over the business where I have worked for the past 6 years and I have been super busy with that, not to mention after dealing with machining all day long I tend to look at other stuff on the net when I have free time.

Anyways hope all is well with you Torker, and thanks for the links john, we also run firefox and have been using the old version of zonealarm.

BillH
07-18-2006, 07:06 PM
if you have any older compute, say 400mhz atleast, you could install linux on it and use 2 lan cards. Use the IPchains built in firewall and learn to configure it, you would have a firewall that would simply kick ass. Ofcourse there is a steep learning curve at first.

Evan
07-18-2006, 07:10 PM
The old Zone Alarm works fine. There is no need for updates as the old version has no externally visible vulnerabilities. In full stealth mode it simply doesn't answer the "phone" when somebody calls. An external computer cannot even tell that your computer is connected to the net unless your computer initiates the transaction.

mochinist
07-18-2006, 08:49 PM
if you have any older compute, say 400mhz atleast, you could install linux on it and use 2 lan cards. Use the IPchains built in firewall and learn to configure it, you would have a firewall that would simply kick ass. Ofcourse there is a steep learning curve at first.I am actually reading a book on linux right now, and I am going to install a version of it soon and start playing, your right though the learning curve for all that OS does looks kinda steep. I am much better with metal than this computer stuff most of the time.


Thanks for that info Evan, I will just leave that old zone alarm on there then. It is just an old computer at work that is used for Autocad and some web surfing.

BillH
07-19-2006, 01:21 AM
Most of my computers are running linux, this laptop im on right now is running Kubuntu linux. I have one winblows pc for my games and photoshop, and cad. Man, if it wasnt for that I would be 100% linux. Biggest bad thing about linux is hardware support of newer stuff like wifi adapters and hdtv tuners. Im using an atheros based pcmcia wifi card and I use the madwifi driver compiled from source.
By far the best linux book I have found is called, "Linux, Rute Users Tutorial and Exposition.
It is a bit dated on some things, like dialup networking, but nearly everything else is useful information.

torker
07-19-2006, 03:12 AM
Hey Torker, I lurk everyonce in awhile, I took over the business where I have worked for the past 6 years and I have been super busy with that, not to mention after dealing with machining all day long I tend to look at other stuff on the net when I have free time
Good to hear you're still around anyway!
Hope the new venture goes well!
Russ

Leigh
07-19-2006, 03:16 AM
The old Zone Alarm works fine. There is no need for updates as the old version has no externally visible vulnerabilities. In full stealth mode it simply doesn't answer the "phone" when somebody calls. An external computer cannot even tell that your computer is connected to the net unless your computer initiates the transaction.
I agree completely. I'm using an old version of Zone Alarm on win98SE and it works just fine.

If you want to test the security of your firewall, run the Shields Up test at Steve Gibson's site http://www.grc.com
Steve is one of the originals in the PC world, been around since before the PC was invented, and he's considered to be one of the top authorities on PC security.

Re Linux: I'm a strong supporter of Linux, and have it running either stand-alone or dual-boot on all my machines. I just loaded the lates SuSE Linux 10.1 on this machine and it works great. You can download this release for free at http://www.opensuse.org or buy it for about $50 from Amazon.com.