10-04-2004, 05:04 AM
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Join Date: Dec 1969
Ideally, for a Windows computer you would want an external firewall (using the term losely here, a decent Linux or *BSD box will do) and a personal firewall. Stay away from the latest version (v5) of ZoneAlarm, causes no end of problems (does things it shouldn't, even when disabled) from what I've heard. Personally, I would stay away from ZoneAlarm all together and get something better like Kerio but it's up to you.
SP2 firewall is okay but there are a few issues and more importantly in my opinion since it's Microsoft and the Windows default, regardless of whether it has more security flaws or not, they are more likely to be found and more likely to be exploited when found.
As I said, ideally for a Windows comp, you would want an external firewall and a personal firewall. However, if you have to choose between them, I would choose a personal firewall. But make sure you keep it up to date!