If you plan to deploy a single personal firewall program across a large workforce, you probably want to manage all the systems as a group. Sygate Personal Firewall 4.2 is especially well suited for, although not limited to, this kind of setup. When integrated with the Sygate Management Server, the program enables a network administrator to view all the intruder logs from a central monitoring station. At the client level, each installation offers password protection, and if an intruder is detected, the program can notify users both onscreen and by e-mail. Sygate Personal Firewall is free for individual use and costs $29.95 for corporate use.
Sygate Personal Firewall is more than an advanced, user-friendly personal firewall -- it is a bi-directional intrusion defense system. Sygate Personal Firewall ensures your personal computer is completely protected from malicious hackers and other intruders while preventing unauthorized access from your computer to a network. In essence, Sygate Personal Firewall makes your protected machines invisible to the outside world. That makes Sygate Personal Firewall a must-have security measure for any PC that connects to a private network or the public Internet. Once you`ve been compromised, every other network you connect to is at risk; including your home, business and online bank accounts. No matter where you use your computer, whether remote or behind a corporate firewall, whether dial-up or an always-on broadband Internet connection, Sygate Personal Firewall, gives you complete confidence that your precious business, personal, financial and other data is safe and secure. If that isn`t enough, Sygate Personal Firewall includes advanced active-scan vulnerability assessment to pinpoint your weaknesses and fine-tune your security policy.
Delivers unobtrusive, highly configurable, enforceable rule-based security policy by constantly operating in the background of your PC or server. Policies regarding applications, trusted IP addresses, ports, protocols and scheduling can be customized to support and secure any network configurations or requirements. Designed with high performance in mind, Sygate Personal Firewall delivers top-notch security without sacrificing your computing power. Whether you`re working, banking, gamming or chatting, Sygate Personal Firewall is protecting your computer by actively looking for hostile intruders and Trojan horse applications. If an intrusion attempt occurs, Sygate Personal Firewall detects it in real-time with built-in host- and application-based intrusion detection technology, while blocking it by default. You are immediately notified and, with your approval, your Internet connection is adjusted to prohibit further attacks. Likewise, if an unauthorized application on your system attempts to access the Internet, Sygate Personal Firewall blocks it by default, advises you of the situation and waits for your approval before proceeding further.
Sygate Personal Firewall, while highly configurable for power users, is extremely easy to use. Even the most inexperienced web-surfer can enjoy the Internet with complete confidence and security. Sygate Personal Firewall easily installs on your system by automatically detecting your Internet connection and settings. Simply turn it on and your ready to go with advanced protection for all of your networking needs.
The program`s control panel is deceptively simple. It offers 3 security settings: High, Normal and Off. The High setting blocks all Internet traffic and is a handy way to extend maximum security if you`ll be away from your computer for an extended period of time. The control panel also has an unusual Test option that launches a port scan similar to the kind of attack that might be initiated by a hacker.
Sygate Personal Firewall is notable for its broad selection of configuration settings. You can allow or disallow particular Internet applications, prevent Internet connections during specific times of the day (handy for parents), and customize the security settings for specific ports (useful for game networks). You also have the choice of detailed or summary logs. The detailed logs include port status, TCP sessions, and DNS requests.
With its powerful configuration options, tight integration with Sygate Management Server, and uncomplicated control panel, Sygate Personal Firewall makes an excellent second-level defense behind a corporate firewall.
+ Powerful configuration options
+ E-mail notification
+ Can be integrated with Sygate Management Server
- Best features are not aimed at home users