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BartwarePersonalFirewall

Bartware Personal Firewall - David vs Goliath

 

My friend in the UK, Steven Burn, picks up websites for hosting like some people pick up stray cats. This is good hobby, because I don't think Steven's rats would like him to add any stray cats! One of his most recent additions to it-mate.co.uk is the BartWare page.

 

I found BartWare's personal firewall (BWPF) to be very nice, and it kinda reminds me of older versions of ZoneAlarm. It does a nice job of blocking external intrusions, but most importantly for those of us already behind a router firewall, is the outgoing blocking. When you fire up a new program that tried to connect to the internet, BWPF will ask you if you want to allow it to connect. This is very revealing when you load up new stuff.

 

I look forward to see how this new firewall will develop. After all, Bart is up against some very tough competition when you consider the giants like ZoneAlarm and Kerio.

 

It's like rooting for David when he fights Goliath. Good luck Bart! Keep a few stones handy ...

 

 

 

Quote from the website

BartWare Personal Firewall is a freeware firewall. Unfortunatly, BWPF is only compatible with Windows XP, so if you're still running Win9x, visit the archive. Version 1.4.3 and below is compatible with Win9x. Version 2.1.1 and up are only compatible with WinXP (or other NT5 platforms).

 

Important: this program is only compatible with Windows XP (or other NT5 platforms)

 

Features:

  • detailed TCP/UDP/ICMP/IP statistics
  • an easily accessible list of connections
  • the ability to terminate connections or the applications related to it
  • 4 security levels: allow all, normal (ask most), high (deny most) and block all.
  • easy GUI to change connection rules (remote port, remote host, local port, etc.)
  • easy GUI to change application rules
  • an easy update system (no reboots)
  • online help files and support forum
  • easy DHCP releasing/renewing
  • logging

 

Website: http://www.bartware.it-mate.co.uk/?q=bwpf

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