[Full-disclosure] Re: Re: PC Firewall Choices
nekramer at mindtheater.net
Fri Jan 20 06:27:37 GMT 2006
I have the paid ZA but I heard the free one was better. Have no idea about
that but would never buy the paid version again. At least now I know what
was happening. Will try to look for that feature and set it to the maximum
minutes. I only have it on my laptop which only goes on the internet
sporadically but generally goes on the internet on public wireless networks
which I think may not be all that secure. Lots of times I am meeting with
someone there and we talk and then lookup something on the internet. I
could see how time could pass quickly and I might not touch the computer
for awhile. Thanks for the explanation.
At 10:10 PM 1/19/2006, Greg wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: full-disclosure-bounces at lists.grok.org.uk
> > [mailto:full-disclosure-bounces at lists.grok.org.uk] On Behalf
> > Of Nancy Kramer
> > Sent: Friday, 20 January 2006 2:30 PM
> > To: Stan Bubrouski; full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk
> > Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Re: Re: PC Firewall Choices
> > I admit I know nothing about firewalls but with ZA I have had
> > to shut it
> > down sometimes to go onto the internet. I have no idea why.
> > I just can't
> > get on and when I shut it down I can.
>That'd be a well known and never fixed bug I reported to Zonelabs some years
>back now. It has a feature to automatically lock internet connection after
>so many minutes of inactivity. The length of time can be changed by the
>user. What it REALLY did was cut off access to internet and any LAN you were
>on, isolating you entirely and never actually let go of it when the user was
>back at the keyboard. Exiting ZA let that go and internet and lan were
>restored. You have the option to turn that feature OFF but even that didn't
>stop the whole thing happening. So, about the only thing you could do was to
>set the auto lock as high as it could go and turn the feature off. It would
>still go off after that many minutes had passed (which I believe is 999 in
>the PRO version and 99 in the free version) and lock you out again but it
>was delayed by that much, at least.
>You CAN set certain programs to pass by its' lock, however. So, if you have
>some computers almost always chattering away on a distributed project but
>otherwise not touched, you could allow those programs to pass on even
>though, should you attempt to get out with a simple web browser (where it
>wasn't allowed to pass the lock), you cant. Saves some stuffing about on
>such machines and let's face it - the more "free" some company execs see,
>the more likely they are to use it. Surprising how many Windows based
>companies use free ZA.
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