Microsoft ships Vista with a better firewall than previous versions of Vista but it’s configuration isn’t so great right out of the box and unless you want to set up rules manually, yourself, it’s just better to run a third party firewall. But that can pose entirely new problems.
It seems that many third party solutions don’t play nice with Vista in one or more ways. Some can prevent Vista from retrieving updates, others can freeze the operating system seemingly at random and others just plain don’t work at all.
That leaves running the Vista firewall itself. Running the firewall that’s built in to the operating system is not something I usually recommend unless you have Mac OSX or Linux which aren’t very prone to any kind of attack.
Vista Firewall Control — Protects your applications from undesirable network incoming and outgoing activity, controls applications internet access. Allows you to control personal information leakage via controlling application network traffic.
Manages and synchronizes port forwarding provided by external network connection (firewall/router) box with applications requirements and activity.
Download: Vista Firewall Control
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