Little Snitch

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    A firewall protects your computer against unwanted guests from the Internet. But who protects your private data from being sent out or software calling home ?

    I installed Little Snitch on the Mac and was amazed how many applications try to call home.. and Google is one of the worst offenders.. using LS you can allow or deny access ..

    Does anyone know of a similar program for Windows ?
     
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    Apparently Zone Alarm does that on Windows, but it's not compatible with AVG and that's what I run. Can get a free trial copy from twocows.
    JK
     
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    Yes, Zone Alarm is the one.

    I never had any compatibility problems with AVG before I switched to MSE.

    Graham
     
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    I use Zone alarm and AVG on windows 7, with no problems.

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    Zonealarm internet security suite (IIRC £35 for three pc's) gives firewall - this is the bit that stops programs accessing the internet without your permission - and anti-virus and anti-spyware/malware protection.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for the information..

    Question,
    I thought a firewall only stopped or prevented attacks from the outside , does it also stop unwanted connections FROM the PC ie, programs phoning home ?
     
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    Most firewalls do only stop attacks from outside. That is why Zone Alarm is so popular, being one of few that stop outgoing access.
     
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    Under Windows Firewall settings you can block outward connections, will that not do what you want?
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