Which firewall to lose?
September 9, 2004
| || | I already have
the ZoneAlarm Pro
firewall. Is it better to use the Windows XP SP2
firewall and turn off ZoneAlarm or the other way around? Thanks.
Use them both. The Windows XP SP2 firewall blocks only incoming traffic; it does nothing against spyware or Trojan horses that will try to broadcast your Web-surfing habits or credit card information out to the Internet. A good third-party firewall such as ZoneAlarm will stop malicious traffic that's both inbound and outbound.
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