Not just a firewall: Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 has a refreshingly simple interface that’s easy to configure, even for novices. It takes a question-and-answer approach, asking whether you want to enable various features. If you’re still unsure, additional explanatory text is provided. If a network or resource is safe, it’s placed in the Trusted Zone, whereas anything potentially harmful is put in the Blocked Zone. For novice users this task is mostly handled automatically by the software. When it’s unsure, an alert will appear on screen warning you about suspicious activity. If you’re sure it’s safe, you can dismiss it; the software pretty quickly will learn to recognise your typical usage patterns.

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More than just a firewall, there’s a number of security components including Program Control to stop hackers and malicious code from accessing programs. ZoneAlarm also integrates with e-mail to fend off viruses and worms — incoming e-mail with a suspicious attachment is placed in quarantine until you’ve given it the okay. ZoneAlarm’s Privacy Protection prevents cookies from revealing personal information and advertisers from tracking your movements on the Web.

Other components include a Hard Drive Cleaner and Browser Cleaner, which remove temporary files, histories, caches and so on to keep the details of both your Internet usage and the rest of your system safe from prying eyes. Solid security in a friendly package, but maybe not enough to tempt everyone from the likes of Norton Internet Security which also includes antivirus software.

Price: $99.95 (retail box); $79.94 (Web orders)
Distributor: Secure Tec Australasia
Phone: (03) 9755 5314

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