Now I'm not much on relying on MS products for any type of security BUT, that being said.....
I recently ran the "shields up" app (on www.grc.com
), Using Zonealarm Pro 5 and again with Zonealarm uninstalled and only Windows built in firewall on. The results were IDENTICAL. All probed ports were stealthed, however my comp did reply to a ping request, thus making my computer not "truely" stealth (I tweaked the settings in Zonealarm and never was able to correct this).
Now, I know that the ability to block programs from internet access is absent in windows firewall. But other than that I'm thinking that windows firewall is about as good as any others (as far as preventing unauthorized access). I'm running SP2, BTW.
What do ya'll think?