Norton Personal Firewall 2003
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Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall 2003 keeps hackers out and personal data in. Its robust defenses include intrusion detection, application control, and privacy protection--all in one easy-to-use program. Right out of the box, Norton Personal Firewall hides your PC on the Internet to keep hackers from seeing it. That action alone can prevent many attacks. In addition, Symantec's exclusive Norton Intrusion Detection feature thoroughly examines incoming Internet traffic and automatically blocks suspicious activities. Hackers can also conduct malicious activity from your PC, so Internet Access Control stops spyware and Trojan horse programs masquerading as legitimate Internet applications on your PC from connecting to the Internet.
Norton Privacy Control easily prevents confidential data from being sent over the Internet without your knowledge. It protects personal information in e-mail, instant messages, and Microsoft Office attachments. All this power is readily accessible, with built-in assistance that helps you get started quickly and respond to threats effectively. And Symantec's LiveUpdate keeps Norton Personal Firewall current with regular, automatic downloads of security updates to defend against new threats. For small businesses, 5- and 10-user packs are also available.
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When I installed this, it was easy and it automatically integrated with my existing anti-virus program (I have the Norton anti-virus package) and love it.
The program runs without interfering with your system and when something attempts to access it, the firewall notifies you of the attempt while blocking it. It then asks you what to do with it. I was soon surprised how often hostile programs actually tried to enter my system and now wonder how much stuff got in before I installed this program.
I would recommend that you look into other programs that scan your system for hostile programs and fixes them for you (I have Spybot - Search and Destroy, available free).
I highly recommend this product for anyone who uses the internet.
Please check your system requirements before buying. I don't know just trying to figure out how anyone could have a single problem with this product.
Positive-NAV seems to be working ok (so 1 star)
Negative-the abusive activation scheme
the bundled trash programs (FIREWALL, etc.)
(deserves minus stars and circular file)
Firewall will 100% protect you from internet intrusion and infection, because it cuts you off from the internet. It is very user unfriendly, it doesn't provide adequate support (It cuts you off from the internet, the manual is useless and the ONLY source of help provided is an internet address!!!!!!!!!)
An example of the stupid controls: Scan for threats, find five, programs recommended action DELETE, then gives a choice of ALLOW (the threat becomes permanent!?!) or skip (no action this time, spend another 2 hours and get the same stupid choice later)! I restored internet access after hours of tweaking, next time I had to do it all over again, BUT my previous tweaks wouldn't always work!!! Never will I buy Norton again!!!
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