I have downloaded the User Guide read it & read your FAQs section & I’m still unclear on how to setup this firewall. The “n00b” setup led me around in circles & the flash tutorial didn’t seem relevant (I don’t have a network of PCs). I have never configured a firewall. I am a home user, the only user, of one PC which connects to the internet by cable, no router. I really need a step by step installation & configuration tutorial with screen shots. At what page of the User Guide does the novice using default settings stop? (Ques 1) By page 40 or so I was lost. There’s no clear end point. Do the default settings “Automatic Configuration” set me up a zone? (Ques 2) I understand some things need to be written with rules like bit torrent/p2p, iTunes, excluding these is the firewall initially complete & ready to use? (Ques3) I don’t want to surf au naturel!
I understand default settings are the least secure. There are settings on Wilders for a basic setup for your firewall. Wilders>Security Software>other firewalls>Comodo Firewall (basic setup) Sept. 4, 06 by Stem, a firewall moderator.*** I’d like to know from you if his setup is complete. There seems to be great difficulty gearing instructions to novice users. Either we get talked to as if we don’t know why we need a firewall or assumptions are made that we have knowledge to build on that we haven’t yet attained. I’d like to know how Stem’s method differs from your Automatic Configuration. (Ques 4) What else if anything needs to be done to complete his basic setup? (Ques 5) Is it a better way to go than an Automatic Configuration? And why/why not? (Ques 6)
And yes I’ve read the explanation that the moderator wrote for his mother. I’m glad she gets it! I need a from start to finish newbie, maybe newbie plus guide with screen shots on installation & configuration! It’s that simple. With all the information on here it’s lacking. I am impressed by your responses to your users. I was fascinated by several threads. p2u’s settings were a great read, talk of future releases with HIPS are exciting, but for right now I just need Comodo to please tell me how to get this firewall on correctly!
I will be more than happy to assist you in any way I can. I will make myself available to this forum. I think it’s hard to remember where you once were. There are many people who wish to move away from commercial suites & are willing to do whatever it takes to learn more. Help us get there. I’m very grateful that a product such as yours exists & would be very proud to have it on my PC. Empower me please Comodo!
***Going to Wilders may be more than you’d want to do so I’ll recap:
On the Firewall Configuration Wizard Stem’s choice is Manual configuration [for power users]
On the Wizard page Please select how Comodo FW should make the application analysis his choice is Scan my computer for the known applications. On the next wizard shot he chooses Protect own settings from unauthorized modifications & Skip loopback [127.xxx] UDP requests. Alert frequency is low-- at the 2nd from bottom mark. He mentions he has disabled the DNS client. (huh? Ques 7) & it appears you simply click remember & allow if an alert you want comes up. He then gives an example of one rule for an inbound torrent client. You can see where the TCP & port number come from & go. & it’s put above the block rule. He states some torrent/p2p software require more than one inbound port & says to follow the example to add any other required port (to Settings within the client). (huh? Ques eight)