Do third party firewalls give a false sense of security?

  • Yes

    Votes: 4 20.0%
  • No

    Votes: 16 80.0%
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motox781

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In the home computing environment (post windows 7), do software based inbound firewalls in many security suites or standalone give a false sense of security nowadays?

I've been at fault for this and assume other Windows based third party firewalls are somehow better than Windows built in firewall. To be honest though, is there much substance to back this up?

I know you could argue outbound effectiveness and ease of use, but in general...is it really necessary?

Thanks for your time!
 
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In the home computing environment (post windows 7), do software based inbound firewalls in many security suites or standalone give a false sense of security nowadays?

I've been at fault for this and assume other Windows based third party firewalls are somehow better than Windows built in firewall. To be honest though, is there much substance to back this up?

I know you could argue outbound effectiveness and ease of use, but in general...is it really necessary?

Thanks for your time!
If you are behind NAT router with stateful packet inspection, then no.

If you have laptop and use public wifi, then yes.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things enabled in Windows Firewall as it is shipped from Windows that should be tweaked for maximum security.

There was a recent post there at MT about McAfee. There was a link inside the article to a guide on how to disable some things for max security.

@frogboy posted that McAfee article.
 

_CyberGhosT_

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I would have to say yes they do.
There was a time when this kind of concern was valid and warranted , but the reliability of Windows firewall is much improved.
If you have the resources to spare, running a 3rd party firewall (if it makes the user feel better) or they are in love with HIPS may not be a bad idea, but basing it on the quality of Windows Firewall is just not accurate anymore (IMHO). PeAcE
 

jamescv7

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Inbound protection is meant to be care by your router by configuring and sometimes adjusting may only cause trouble if not aware on networking concepts. Honestly many products does not improve the firewall module but rather focus on outbound protection where many layers are covered.
 
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It depends...

I guess in countries like USA, etc... mostly internet service providers provide router.
I am from India. And here very few internet service providers provide router. So people who have multiple systems, etc... get their own router. People with single system at home dont get router.

And firewall depends on products too. Most people use default settings. And quite a few products FW in default settings is kinda same as Windows FW. So its not necessary that a 3rd party FW is better than Windows FW.