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Third Party Firewall Still Recommended?

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    Third Party Firewall Still Recommended?

    Third party software firewalls still have their place, for the right kind of user.

    For advanced, well-informed users (not intending to be snarky), is a third party software firewall still a good idea? Or can we rely on Windows 8's own firewall in combination with anti-virus software?

    I like to run a lean configuration, within reason, to try to prevent unnecessary layers of software from 'getting in the way' of a smooth experience.

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    Unlike Windows Defender, I think stock Fwall is just fine for most usage, others might give you better/easier control if needed but that's all. For anything better you'd have to go to hardware FW.
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    Comodo offers a free firewall with advanced control. However the many various controls can at times seem overwhelming to some. If you want to try it, make a restore point in case you find it not to your liking.

    You can have a look at the users guide here to get a preview of it's settings/usages.
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    If you already have a router and/or hardware firewall, then windows firewall in its default configuration is redundant. It blocks incoming traffic which is done better by hardware, but doesn't block any outgoing traffic. This is fine for most users, all your programs can access internet but you are still hidden from attacks/exploits via open ports.

    If you want to control outgoing connections (meaning to decide which programs can access internet) then you either have to configure windows firewall to do so (more info here : 3rd party firewall recommendations). Or you install a 3rd party firewall which usually block incoming and outgoing by default.
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