July 24th, 2014, 22:47 GMT · By Ionut Ilascu
Evolution of firewall technology and events that shaped it
Back in 1989, the first firewall was introduced by the AT&T Bell Labs. It performed stateful packet inspection based on technology developed by engineers from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) a year before.
However, things are not as clear as they appear as far as the father of the firewall is concerned because many researchers have contributed to what evolved into today’s network security solution that offers protection both as a software and as a hardware-based system.
One thing is certain, though, the concept and the technology, no matter how rudimentary, were introduced in the late ‘80s. Full Article
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This is my list:
7 OnLine Armor
There are some I can't even remember since 1999........................currently using Windows Firewall.......................so which is the best???? IMO what suits your needs............
Look`n`Stop and I still use it with WSA`s smart Firewall (Lifetime License and not being developed anymore so Win 7 is the last OS for it)
Windows Firewall with WSA`s smart Firewall.
I have tried Online Armor but too noisy and I would never try Comodo for certain personal reasons.
Outpost Pro I have a Lifetime License but never tried it but why the need? With Win 8 all third party firewalls use the same API`s from Windows Firewall so it`s best just to run Windows Firewall with WSA`s smart Firewall right? Also WSA's Firewall on Win 8 and up it's great that's why you are missing some WSA Firewall settings on Win 8 as Webroot doesn't waste it's time to use the same API's as Windows Firewall again because it has all the settings in WF on Win 8 already.
In the past, on my desktops that I had, I used Norton on 1 of them and tried Zone Alarm.once on another.
and now WSA's
In case you are wondering my least favourite was Panda and the one I had most trouble with was Norton.
but all of them a long, long time ago before moving to KIS.
Of all the ones I have used in the past the best IMHO where Kerio & Sygate...but then I was an inveterate tweaker...not not really anymore...;)
McAfee (only because it came free with my pc)
Now I use WSA's fw with Win FW.:)
In a consumer environment you have a router firewall and in an enterprise environment a dedicated hardware firewall or UTM should be implemented.
@Daniel: As a security MVP I wonder what your standard alternative to TMG is.
What's TMG? I know about TMZ lol.