A complete review from experience
Jun 23, 2002 (Updated Jun 23, 2002)
Review by ronako
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Excellent security, Customizable, Easy to Use and Setup
The Bottom Line: Zone Alarm provides maximum security including extra privacy features such as ad blocking. It is easy to use and is the best fireall program out there.
I have been using Zone Alarm for many months now and it is an excellent program. The program offers powerful security and privacy features as well as complete customization to make it work for you.
Recommend this product?
If you have a broadband connection, you are in the danger of being attacked by hackers as well as others trying to steal information from your computer. That's where the purpose of a firewall comes in. A firewall monitors all data that is going to and from your computer. It manages the different connections that programs use to reach the Internet. Zone Alarm automatically monitors your connection and displays a message when someone tries to break into your computer. Many think that a firewall might make some program not work like before. Zone Alarm has a program control features that allows you to manage the type of access you want to give your programs.
This is the part of the program that really shines. By controlling the access you give to your programs, you can prevent programs from anonymously sending information back to the company.
Do you hate pop-ups? I do. Zone Alarm has a privacy control feature. The privacy control allows you to disable advertisements and pop-up ads that may appear in a program such as a web browser. You can immediately turn this feature on or off through the program control.
Easy to Use:
If you thought what I said above was confusing, don't worry. Zone Alarm has an easy to use interface that integrates all the features into an organized window.
Sometimes, it can get annoying if Zone Alarm pops up an alert everytime it blocked something. You can disable the popup messages within the program so you don't have to see them. While the messages are disables, you can make it log the messages into a record so you can view them later.
Zone Alarm is a step ahead of many other firewall programs. They integrate privacy and security into an interface that is easy to use. You'll notice that when Zone Alarm is running, there is an icon at the bottom right of the screen. It shows the activity of your internet connection sending and receiving data. Some features that I may not have mentioned add to the value of the program.
Cnet did a review of the program in comparison with many other firewall programs and this one was the best with a 9 out of 10 rating.
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