ZoneLabs Zone Alarm Pro

By: Ben Sikes

A firewall is essential on any Internet connected PC. Firewalls control what is allowed in and out of the computer, virtually eliminating the possibility of a hacker gaining control or of spyware that has found it's way in transmitting any data.

ZoneLabs Zone Alarm Pro is a popular personal firewall application - a piece of software installed onto the PC to block unwanted connections by using:

&bull the Triple Defense Firewallâ„?

&bull an anti-spyware system

&bull the SmartDefenseâ„? service

&bull protection of privacy and identity

&bull email protection

&bull wireless PC security

Zone Alarm Pro is available in a variety of packages, from the single user license to large volume license packages, making it ideal for the home, small network or larger working environment. The program is clearly laid out and easy to use. If a query can't be fixed through support documentation, there are online user forms for quick and handy advice.

The Triple Defense Firewall, as the name suggests, has three layers of protection, providing excellent security against Internet pests:

&bull defense against hackers, spyware, and Trojans by not allowing them through

&bull prevention of "bad" programs attacking "good" programs on the PC by surrounding each application with a second firewall

&bull deep down protection of the operating system against malicious attacks

SmartDefense works with the firewalls, automatically updating itself with information on new spyware programs and adjusting Zone Alarm's security settings to match. SmartDefense examines everything that tries to connect to the Internet from the PC to see if it is performing a valid operation. If it is not, access is blocked. If it does allow the connection, SmartDefense will continue to monitor the activity to ensure it does not perform any operations outside of it's built-in policies.

The privacy and identity protection works to stop annoying pop-up ads and to prevent personal information leaving the computer without permission. Email is kept secure with any suspicious attachments being quarantined for examination in case they contain anything harmful. Likewise, any suspicious outbound messages are also stopped to prevent unintentionally passing on anything nasty.

Even with all of the protection offered by the firewall, some persistent spyware will still find it's way into the computer. The anti-spyware system within Zone Alarm Pro roots it out, while learning to recognize legitimate items with spyware-like tendencies, such as the cookies for your favorite websites.

Wireless protection is crucial when out in the open on a laptop as well as on the home network. It's easy for a hacker to hijack a wireless connection or even set up their own. Zone Alarm can prevent connection hijacking wherever the connection is made.

Zone Alarm Pro runs on Windows systems only, with minimum specifications of:

&bull Windows 98SE/ME, 48MB RAM (some functions may be limited and support is due to end for the operating systems late 2006)

&bull Windows 2000 Pro, 64MB RAM

&bull Windows XP, 128MB RAM

&bull Pentium III 450 MHz or higher

&bull 50MB available hard disk space

&bull Internet access is required for updates (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, AOL and MSN compatible)

&bull POP3 and SMTP mail only

&bull Instant Messenger compatibility with minimum version number: MSN 6.2.0205, Windows Messenger 4.7.0.2009, Yahoo! IM 5.5.1226, AIM 5.2.3292, ICQ Pro 2003b, ICQ Lite 5.0, Trillian 0.74i, Trillian Pro 1.0, GAIM 0.74, Miranda 0.3.2

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