by April 3, 2007 0 comments

Since Web browsing has become one of the most common tasks in our daily life,
it has also brought with it many security issues. So if you think you can surf
the Net in peace, you are mistaken. There will always be somebody trying to hack
into your PC. What you need, therefore, is a personal firewall. This time we got
our hands upon Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall that has a built-in intrusion
prevention system that identifies and automatically blocks both known and
unknown attacks. For this firewall you need a minimum of 64 MB RAM, 10 MB free
space for installation in your HDD and minimum screen resolution of 800×600
pixels. It supports Win 2000 Pro (desktop version), Win XP Home/Pro/Media
Center. Note that it does not run on any 64-bit versions of Windows, including
the latest Windows Vista.

Direct Hit!
Applies To:
Personal desktop users
Price: Approx Rs 877
USP: Learn how to configure Sunbelt Kerio Personal firewall
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There are two versions of the software available on the Kerio Personal Firewall
official website-free (which has limited functionality) and another priced one.
Download the set-up file and double click on it. The installation process is
pretty straightforward. The machine will restart after the
installation is complete. You can launch the firewall configuration window from
Start>Sunbelt Software>Personal Firewall>Firewall Configuration. Note that once
you have restarted your machine, the Firewall will automatically start up with
its default configuration.

Configuring network security module
You can configure network security, by opening the firewall configuration
interface. Then go to Network Security>Applications. By default, the Enable
Network Security Module is enabled. If not, enable that. Here it shows a list of
applications and Trusted and Internet In/Out, which shows how the application
behaves during the connection. For editing the connection setting, select the
application by clicking only once on the application name. Then click on Edit
button or you can just double click on it. Then select any one of the actions
for the application: Permit-allow the connection, Deny-block the connection and
Ask-ask the user to permit or deny the connection.

It lets you control the
apps individually. You can choose ask, permit and deny for each app that
uses network or the Internet

Changing the predefined rules
There are some predefined rules that are set by the Kerio Personal Firewall. For
changing these predefined rules, go to Network Security>Predefined tab. Note
that you can’t add or remove a predefined rule. By default, the Enable
Predefined Network Security is enabled, so for configuring the rules click on
Permit/Deny action for the rules and here you go. For loading the default
setting again, click on ‘Set to Defaults’ button.

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