i just installed comodo5 firewall(just the firewall portion) and I was looking for some help with configuring the software. i used zonealarm in the past and didn’t have any problems with it. i liked how i could flag any network i connected to as “trusted” or “untrusted”
this is for my personal laptop that i pretty much bring everywhere including work.
i tend to classify the networks i connect to into 3 groups:
trusted - home
I have a test Win2k3/2k8 AD domain controller(named serverA) which my laptop is joined to that domain. So pretty much all communication between this computer and my laptop should be allowed and not hindered. i created a network zone in comodo called “home”. in this zone all i have is “serverA.test.local” and serverA’s mac address. pretty much this zone is fully trusted. I have other computers in the house that i do NOT want included in this subnet(192.168.10.1). so i didn’t add the classC subnet to this zone
semi - trusted - home network
this consists of pretty much all other computers on my home network(192.168.10.x). i like the ability to copy files from my laptop to all other workstations. always allow outbound from my laptop to any in my home network. but i block any incoming from the workstations, in case one of the workstations get infected with something
untrusted - work network/starbucks/friends house
these networks i dont trust at all and i want to block ANY incoming traffic from these networks. i use a number of applications that require network connections so i usually just allow all outbound traffic.
i can see that category #2 is a lil bit tough to setup sometimes since its a hybrid of #1 and #3. if #2 isn’t possible, i’d be ok with not having it. i got use to it with zonealarm. with zonealarm i had to pretty much combine #1 and #2 as fully trusted networks.
i could bring my laptop anywhere and connect to via wifi or ethernet and set the zone to untrusted and just start surfing. if i was at home, it remembered the settings and everything.
i had comodo 4 and when i upgraded to 5 it wiped out all my custom rules and what not. i thought i had a pretty decent ruleset.
what does the network zones tab display? looks like it displays any network i’ve attached to and “saved”, but doesn’t show like trusted/untrusted. it just looks like a list of subnets i’ve attached to.
i’ve also had reservations about adding the 192.168.10.x subnet as a fully trusted zone, only cuz what if i goto a friends house and he has a 192.168.10.x subnet that i connect to. i certainly dont trust any of his stuff. so i might just scrap the #2 idea if its too difficult.
is there a manual for comodo5 or maybe for comodo4 that i can read up on? i looked on the forums today and didn’t find any. i remember there was a pretty comprehensive manual for version 4.
like what does the “Blocked Zones” tab do? whats the purpose? if its a blocked network why would i want to even physically connect to it. are entries in this tab automatically banned ?
i run bitdefender pro 2011, superantispyware with the active scanner piece, malwarebytes for another on demand scanner. win7 64bit 4gb of memory. basic stuff.
im not a networking pro or anything so i bet the manual will be over my head as well but at least i can try to read it lol
im not even gonna get into defense+. hehe that stuff is super confusing to me with all the sandboxing and what not. looks like i have a huge list of “trusted” files that i never had before though.
is there a way to do this with comodo? any help is greatly appreciated. thanks all.