Question about your world class firewall

Does your firewall offer or are you thinking of offering all of these features with the next update yes I know some of them are blotware but some of them are quite good…
Better Protection, More Powerful Features

The free Ashampoo FireWall FREE gives you solid basic protection but if you want the full functionality of a modern firewall you need Ashampoo FireWall PRO. The Pro version includes all the strong features of the regular version – monitoring of incoming and outgoing Internet traffic, one-click protection and more – but it also gives you a whole range of powerful additional features.

Ashampoo FireWall PRO is like a trusty watchdog standing guard at the entrance to your property. It is always alert and checks everything going in and out of your computer, keeping out unwanted intruders and preventing unauthorized access to the Internet from your computer. And despite its impressive power it is so simple to use – in Easy Mode you just click and go for full protection.
Additional features in Ashampoo FireWall PRO
All the following functions and features are only available in the Pro version of Ashampoo FireWall.
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Child Protection mode:
This feature is great for concerned parents, making it impossible to go online without entering the correct password.
Active protection against Trojans:
The Pro version provides effective active protection against Trojan horse programs, DLL hijackers and other malware that tries to use trusted applications like your web browser to go online secretly and transmit information.
Stealth ports:
“Ports” are like radio channels. They are the addresses in your computer that are used to access your machine from the Internet. There are thousands of these addresses, and if any of them are “open” a port scanner can find them and gain access to your computer. Stealth ports make your ports invisible so that scanner programs can’t even see that your computer exists. This provides very strong protection against attacks.
Port scan blocking:
This feature adds further protection by actively preventing scans of your computer’s ports, even including the open ports that you are using for communication. Together with stealth ports it makes it virtually impossible for attackers to access your machine.
Complex rules:
Experienced users can define complex firewall rules geared to their own specific needs. For example, you could create a rule specifying “Allow outgoing UDP packets on port X for application Y”.
Traffic volume limiting:
This useful function prevents unexpected costs on volume-based Internet accounts. It monitors your traffic and can be set to automatically close your connection as soon as you reach your monthly limit.
Real-time connection analysis:
This function generates detailed statistics on every connection and every event in real time and displays them.

Internet Accelerator:
Checks the configuration of your Internet connection and optimizes your settings automatically if necessary to achieve better performance.
FileWiper:
This useful tool enables you to permanently delete critical files and folders from your hard disks so that they can never be found or recovered – not even by data security experts using professional laboratory tools.

Compact, efficient and easy to use
Just like the free version, Ashampoo FireWall PRO is a very small program that goes easy on your system resources. Despite its impressive power, it uses so little memory and processor time that you’ll never notice it’s there.

The Configuration Assistant guides you through every step of the simple setup process. And if you’re a novice Easy Mode makes using it a breeze – just click and go for full protection. More experienced users can switch to Expert Mode to get full control over the program’s many powerful features.

Six additional tools
In addition to solid firewall protection, Ashampoo FireWall PRO comes with six additional tools that can significantly increase your security and make your online life easier.
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AutoStart Manager:
Both regular programs and malicious programs often configure themselves to start automatically with Windows®. This can be both annoying and dangerous. This tool shows all auto-starting programs and enables you to disable them.
System Processes Monitor:
Shows you all the processes running on your system and enables you to stop them. Useful for identifying and killing malicious programs.
Internet Cleaner:
Wipes all traces of your surfing activity from your computer to protect your privacy.
File Wiper:
Deletes files and folders permanently, so that not even data recovery labs can restore them.
IP Spam Blocker:
Prevents annoying popup spam on the desktop that is sent using the Windows® messaging service (not to be confused with the Windows® Messenger instant messaging program).
Internet Accelerator:
Interactively analyzes the configuration of your Internet connection and allows you to optimize your settings for better performance.

Features at a glance
Features and tools:

* Heavy-duty firewall protection: Monitors all your computer’s network activity and provides strong protection on both incoming and outgoing connections.
* Easy Mode: Get full protection in seconds with Easy Mode and the Configuration Assistant. No expert knowledge required.
* Expert Mode: Experienced users can activate this mode for powerful additional capabilities.
* Simple and compact: Self-explanatory user interface, uses minimum memory and resources.
* Learning Mode: Automatically identifies programs that try to make connections and lets you decide whether you want to allow them. Click and go protection in Easy Mode or full configuration options in Expert Mode.
* Rules: Create rules for every program to control how they can access the network. One-click operation in Easy Mode or full configuration and the ability to define complex rules in Expert Mode.
* Child protection: Control your children’s access to the Internet and the sites that they can view.
* Traffic volume limiting: For volume-based accounts. Monitors your online traffic and warns you or closes the connection when you reach your limit.
* Block All: One-click panic button for emergencies that lets you block all traffic, for example if you are under attack or suspect that a malicious program is active.
* AutoStart Manager: Identify and disable unwanted auto-starting programs. Finds these programs in all the locations where they can be hidden.
* System Processes Monitor: Check running processes and stop them if necessary. Allows you to display all processes, only system processes or only non-system processes.
* Internet Cleaner: Delete all traces of your surfing activity. Includes support for multiple browsers.
* File Wiper: Permanently delete files and folders so that they can never be recovered.
* IP Spam Blocker: Stop annoying popup spam on your desktop.
* Internet Accelerator: Analyzes and optimizes your Internet connection.
* Online Updates: Updates to increase protection performance and security can be downloaded and installed from within the program with a couple of clicks.

Technology highlights for the experts:

* Monitor local connections: Ashampoo FireWall PRO can also monitor the local connections used inside your computer. Useful for identifying suspicious activity. Can be enabled or disabled.
* Monitor LAN connections: Monitor all the local LAN traffic into and out of your computer. Can be enabled or disabled.
* Stealth ports and port scan blocking: Makes your computer invisible and actively prevents port scans, even on open ports that you are using for communication.
* Connection log: Detailed logging of all internal, LAN and Internet connections with date, time, application, port used and IP address.
* Real-time connection analysis: Direct access to the information normally only available with NetStat, with live updating and configurable update intervals.
* Communications statistics: Full data on your communications settings and statistics, also with live updating and configurable updating intervals.

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Highlights:

* Easy Mode / Expert Mode
* Easy: One-click firewall protection for everyone with easy Configuration Assistant
* Expert: Activate expert functions for full control if you want it
* Small, compact and efficient, minimum system load
* Learning Mode identifies applications that try to phone home
* Block All panic button to stop all traffic with a single click
* Stealth Ports and Port Scan Blocking for maximum protection
* Child Protection Mode and Traffic Volume Limiting
* Active protection against Trojans and other malware
* Real-time connection analysis
* Detailed statistics and connection logging, including real-time NetStat statistics for experts
* Six additional tools included

Well

People wanted a Pure, rock solid, secure, streamlined Firewall from us.

And they got that :■■■■

As to other functionality in the firewall: its easy enough to add other functionality so that there is enough reasons for people to justify paying for the PRO version. Well, the free version we have is the pro version, so we don’t need to add other bloatware into the firewall to justify the price, cos our price is FREE (:WIN)

Melih

Yeah I know your firewall is world class (what firewall do you think I am using?) but there must be something there that you can think about having as part as your next update surely…maybe? I have a question I wanna ask you about your anti virus should I make another forum topic or is it ok to carry on here? Thanks

if your question is about what we will have in the next version: We are very much concentrating on increasing security further :slight_smile:

And we will have some new innovation in v3. (which we don’t want to reveal until its launched :)) One of my favourite features :slight_smile: (I am biased cos i came up with it :slight_smile: )

sure you can go ahead and ask here…
Melih

Good idea, and this has been raised on the CPF wishlist.

Active protection against Trojans: The Pro version provides effective active protection against Trojan horse programs, DLL hijackers and other malware that tries to use trusted applications like your web browser to go online secretly and transmit information.
Current CPF version already tracks injections and executable parents
Stealth ports: “Ports” are like radio channels. They are the addresses in your computer that are used to access your machine from the Internet. There are thousands of these addresses, and if any of them are “open” a port scanner can find them and gain access to your computer. Stealth ports make your ports invisible so that scanner programs can’t even see that your computer exists. This provides very strong protection against attacks.
Current CPF version already stealths all ports by default. Do you mean that the standard version of Ashampoo's firewall doesn't stealth???
Port scan blocking: This feature adds further protection by actively preventing scans of your computer’s ports, even including the open ports that you are using for communication. Together with stealth ports it makes it virtually impossible for attackers to access your machine.
Current CPF version already supports port scanning and probing, with multiple reactive options
Complex rules: Experienced users can define complex firewall rules geared to their own specific needs. For example, you could create a rule specifying “Allow outgoing UDP packets on port X for application Y”.
Current CPF version already does this.
Traffic volume limiting: This useful function prevents unexpected costs on volume-based Internet accounts. It monitors your traffic and can be set to automatically close your connection as soon as you reach your monthly limit.
Another good idea, but I'm pretty sure this has also been entered on the wishlist.
Real-time connection analysis: This function generates detailed statistics on every connection and every event in real time and displays them.
Current CPF version already does this.
Internet Accelerator: Checks the configuration of your Internet connection and optimizes your settings automatically if necessary to achieve better performance.
This isn't really a firewall function. CPF is designed to provide firewall services without becoming bloated like the better known names.
FileWiper: This useful tool enables you to permanently delete critical files and folders from your hard disks so that they can never be found or recovered – not even by data security experts using professional laboratory tools.
This isn't really a firewall function. CPF is designed to provide firewall services without becoming bloated like the better known names.
Compact, efficient and easy to use
Current CPF version is already compact, fact, efficient and easy to use.
Six additional tools In addition to solid firewall protection, Ashampoo FireWall PRO comes with six additional tools that can significantly increase your security and make your online life easier. Click here for more information AutoStart Manager: Both regular programs and malicious programs often configure themselves to start automatically with Windows®. This can be both annoying and dangerous. This tool shows all auto-starting programs and enables you to disable them. System Processes Monitor: Shows you all the processes running on your system and enables you to stop them. Useful for identifying and killing malicious programs. Internet Cleaner: Wipes all traces of your surfing activity from your computer to protect your privacy. File Wiper: Deletes files and folders permanently, so that not even data recovery labs can restore them. IP Spam Blocker: Prevents annoying popup spam on the desktop that is sent using the Windows® messaging service (not to be confused with the Windows® Messenger instant messaging program). Internet Accelerator: Interactively analyzes the configuration of your Internet connection and allows you to optimize your settings for better performance.
Are these really firewall functions?

Don’t get me wrong - the Ashampoo Firewall Pro is a good (but not great) firewall. The free version, however, is not really up to scratch when compared with CPF.

Hope this helps,
Ewen :slight_smile:

Here is my question (this may sound silly but I don’t know and if you don’t know ask right?) Does your A.V offer everything that Avast does like real time protection in a less processor heavy package? I think FileWiper:
This useful tool enables you to permanently delete critical files and folders from your hard disks so that they can never be found or recovered – not even by data security experts using professional laboratory tools. Is a good thing to have not so sure about it been part of a firewall but maybe a stand alone product for you to think about Melih?

The full range of features and functions will be announced when CAVS enter the public beta phase. Us average users dont have any real tangible info other than what Comodo has released on this forum. I guess we’ll just have to wait.

ewen :slight_smile:

I don’t think a wipe tool is a function of AV.

Melih

Maybe wiping out a virus… again and again and again… ;D

I was repying to panic’s post about the features that you might think about adding into your next update to the firewall, and the file wiper statement applies to your firewall not your av, So what do you think about the file wiper idea good, bad or indifferent?

well, there are many wiping tools u can download for free that does a good job.
I rather spend our resources in building more security functionality.

As I said in my previous post: Paid for firewall providers need a way to differentiate their free version from the pro version, hence they choose to bloat it all sorts of unrelated stuff… so that they can say to you: Hey look shiny… buy some… Ours is Pure, rock solid, stable, firewall! We don’t need to bloat it. We have the luxury of purity!

Melih

What a great line! That sums up CPFs objectives perfectly.

Hi. As stated, if CPF begins implementing different unneccassary programs into the firewall, what is going to happen is security will suffer greatly for this. All that flashy stuff that other securities use is just fluff and doesn’t contribute at all to what a firewall is, security for keeping bad things from getting into or out of your pc. As an upcoming tech, I found my answer with CPF, why? Well for one i like my programs separate, they do a far better job and CPF holds no bloat, does what it should. As well, it doesnt’ hog system resources which ZA and others were getting very bad at. I always suggest keeping security software “especially” separate. I am not just speaking on CPFs behalf, i want to make a point that security software and bloat DO NOT MIX. This is a fact. Of course with the competition, they want you to look at their software and go Whooooooo, preeettyyyy. Well unfortunately for many, it works. I don’t suggest being suckered in and even if you don’t choose CPF, please go with a separate, non bloatware. There are programs (FREE) for anything you need and with the exception of one security software, all mine are free and my pc , according to tests on internet, etc…is unusually safe for Windows desktop. I have never had a virus so I must be doing something right. :slight_smile: Improved security is welcome from CPF but not bloat. CPF does pride itself on being one of if not “the best” firewall< to me it is :wink: and I would think the reason is due to the outlook of security , not flashiness.

Hope this helps a bit.

Paul