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Last week we asked you if you still own physical board and puzzle games Do You Still Own Physical Board & Puzzle Games? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Still Own Physical Board & Puzzle Games? [MakeUseOf Poll] Monopoly, Uno, Settlers of Katan, Connect Four, Go… they all started as board games, but all have a tablet and even a smartphone version now. Do these software versions compare to the real thing? Read More , and if you still play them. Thought we were living in a digital age? Think again!

Out of 240 votes in total, less than 1% of the voters don’t own board games and think they’re outdated, 3% don’t own any but love playing them, 6% own physical board games but never use them, 32% own them but use them rarely, and a full 58% own them and still play often.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Do You Use A Third Party Firewall On Your Computer?


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15 years ago, anyone who knew anything used a firewall. I still remember using ZoneAlarm on my Win2k machine, and then switching over to Sygate. There were no built-in firewalls back then, and if there were, they didn’t amount to much, and many of us didn’t trust them. Things are different today. Most of the major operating systems come with a good built-in firewall, but the third-party firewall market is far from being dead. People still use them for extra security. Do you?

Why do you choose to use an extra firewall on your computer? Or do you think it’s unnecessary? If so, why? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

    January 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    insert the pen drive , then immediately restart the computer , each and every file u can access.........

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  2. DJ NICK
    October 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

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  3. rich-c
    November 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    We use the native Windows firewalls on both our Windows7 and XP computers, which are connected via a Cisco wireless "hotspot" with hardware firewall. Back in the day I used to use - and preach - Zone Alarm religiously - but now consider it overkill. This is partly because we simply do not keep sensitive information on our computers, back them up regularly, and use Win Patrol - which isn't advertised as being a firewall but has proven uncannily adept at picking up malware that slid through other (including commercial) anti-virus and anti-malware defnces alike.

  4. Sathish
    November 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I use Tinywall. As the name suggests it is really tiny and basically blocks everything! With a bit of tweaking and allowing it to "learn" I think it is one of the best free, no-nonsense firewalls around.

  5. Samudra Haddad
    October 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Back before Windows even HAD a firewall, I started using Norton, then McAfee, but a virus or maybe a Trojan horse got into my Rosetta Stone software and McAfee couldn't fix it, so I ran the free version of avast! on it, and voila! it was fixed. After that I stuck with the free avast!, partly because I'm cheap and partly because I like to hear it talk like a pirate. Now I pay for it because of its additional features, but it still says Ahoy, matey!

  6. Dalsan M
    October 30, 2013 at 4:12 am

    First and foremost, any computer needs to have a working firewall, whether built in or not. Secondly, setting up the firewall must be done in order to increase security against attacks and infections, especially across the network.

    Learning about the different ports that should be closed and the ports that need to remain open would make even better protection against attacks and unauthorized access. Ports can be closed on just about every firewall, including Windows Firewall.

    I like having better control and more features, so Windows Firewall is out for me. I use Comodo Firewall. The included features, such as program guard, sandbox, Virtual Kiosk, and other features, are what attracted me to Comodo's firewall. Not only is there protection against attacks through the ports, but also protection against software from making unwanted changes by using a sandbox. This virtual environment keeps the program that is running in the sandbox from changing system files and settings. Along with the sandbox virtual environment is the Virtual Kiosk virtual desktop environment. This can be used so that internet browsing and running programs can occur without much worry about security: whatever happens in the Virtual Kiosk stays in the Virtual Kiosk. There is a Shared Space folder that allows files to be shared between the Virtual environment and the main system. Program Guard is much better than Windows UAC (User Account Control), allowing the user to select and choose more specific setting for each program that may be able to make changes to the system. As long as one knows what he or she is doing, more control over the settings, such as running a program in a sandbox, can lead to better security over the system.

    Along with a software firewall being used on the computer, using the firewall built into the router should be used, as well. This would reduce attacks and help reduce spread of infections, but also unauthorized access of the network and networked devices. Again, learning what ports to block would only help protecting the network and computers. Port forwarding should also be learned so that extra features and access can be fine outside of the network, meaning access to the network through the internet.

    Having the extra features and control allows me to set up the firewall the way I want while having the necessary protection. Windows' built-in firewall has gotten better, but not enough for me to fully trust it, and not being able to control the settings as well as Comodo Firewall is a "dealbreaker" for me.

    Comodo Firewall is one of the top rated free firewalls, and the added features get better all of the time. HIPS protection had recently been added, furthering the extra protection offered over Windows' built-in firewall. For these reasons, I cannot bring myself to trust Windows Firewall enough to rely on it for best protection. It may be fine for basic users, but not for users like me, especially having children that don't know any better about downloading files and installing software from questionable sources.

  7. likefunbutnot
    October 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I'm not aware of any third party software Windows Firewall that adds values over the tools already present in a default Windows installation for controlling network traffic. Moreover, the decreased performance that seems to come part and parcel with third party firewall products and the increase in complexity of configuration makes absolutely all third party firewall software remove on sight when I am acting as a technician. I don't care if someone paid for it; I know it's not doing anything that the standard Firewall can't do just as well if not better and I'm not willing to work around it.

    External Firewalls - whether a NATing home router or some sort of proper security appliance - definitely do have a place and I am absolutely not advocating use of systems that have no software firewall at all, but I have yet to see evidence that there's even an edge case where a non-Microsoft firewall is better than what Windows already gives its users.

  8. Gord
    October 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I'm not saying what I do or don't use. Who knows maybe someone will hack this site and get some of that info in here and then hack those people.

    I never put sensitive info anywhere on the net.

  9. Allister
    October 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I use a Untangle as a network firewall for all my pc's and I can regulate which sites are visited, stop spam, etc.
    This allows for easier sharing and networking within your network.

  10. Ed Z
    October 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I still use third party firewall because I still don't have a warm and fuzzy about the built in ones. They seem to sometimes get in the way of loading other applications.

  11. John
    October 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    3rd party is a choice not a "feature" I get to read information on threats and browse reviews about competing firewalls and chose what I want to suit my skill level and needs. The installed firewall is lowest common denominator and Microsoft IMHO has never had a good idea that did not originate from an outside party and then did not kludge up. One word: Bing

  12. Neil Ferree
    October 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I just ran a Norton 360 and all is OK. I also scanned a Safe Web Report according to Norton. and its got the green light so I posted the Snagit to my G+ Stream and 6 of my buddies +1's the imagery and Netspeak Solutions said "we do too" and that's a good thing!

    I used to use Kaspersky which provided an OK firewall security laptop set-up. Nice contest ;-)

  13. Frank
    October 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I do use a third party fire wall and a third party anti-virus software, mostly no matter how good any program is they can not always find or stop every thing.

  14. Bill
    October 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I use windows firewall on my Win7 Home Premium system.I was getting McAfee free from my ISP,but after an upgrade,even the ISP's tech people couldn't get McAfee to work on my desktop,so now I use the free version of Avast! for my AV. An added layer of protection is Sandboxie,and I never surf without it.

  15. Corey
    October 21, 2013 at 4:15 am

    For slow internet connection speed countries, firewall is required... I use comodo firewall. it is easy to block app by watching running process. so if u installed untrusted app it is easy to block via comodo. Sometimes I block all app in my computer except browsers and IDMAN to get full connection speed. and it is easy to know which app consume how much connection speed. if unknown app is consuming too much connection speed, I would block it.

  16. josh
    October 21, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Firewalls are useless for most people. If you say they are not, then prove their worth.

    • Db
      October 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

      lol....such a naive comment........."prove their worth". I recommend not listening to Mr. Josh. You should always have some type of firewall if you have any sensitive data (pics, movies, client data, customer data, banking info, passwords, etc) that you want to keep safe. Do not stop at a firewall or antivirus. Use VPN, encryption tools and always use extremely strong passwords.

      Personally, 19 character passwords are the minimum we use. If you cannot remember it, use Lastpass. $12 bucks for 1 year of LP is a deal, but they do have a free option.

      Now back to Josh, can you prove firewalls are useless for most people? Please share your links and research with the community. I look forward to your well thought through response.

  17. Keefe K
    October 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    My firewall is part of my Internet Security package from Bitdefender. Unfortunately, the Windows firewall doesn't always have a good reputation of being an effective method of stopping malware and hacker attacks. However, something that could contribute to that statistic is that people don't also have a proper antivirus solution, and kinda mix up the roles of the two, expecting a firewall to defend them by malware they download accidentally, and an antivirus to keep unauthorized people out of your computer. That is why I often recommend Internet Security packages, as they commonly include both an antivirus and firewall, thus being a good bundle to any user of any experience level. This can also help reduce on the amount of resources used, as opposed to running two independent antivirus and firewall solutions, like Microsoft Security Essentials and ZoneAlarm Firewall Free. If you really don't want to pay for an IS solution, then I'd still recommend getting a 3rd party firewall anyways, as the Windows Firewall isn't something I'd rely upon often. Atleast not when my computer's security is at stake.

  18. kammak743
    October 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I use comodo internet security premium which has antivirus and firewall but I only got it for the antivirus and the firewall is an added bonus

  19. Zoran N
    October 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I use Win firewall (on both WinXP and Win7). I used to use some 3rd party FWs, but I don't think it is necessary.

    Also, my WiFi ruter have some sort of FW...

    • Peter
      October 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      You are correct; a router drops 'speculative' connections, that is requests from machines that do not relate to the user's historical activity. As Steve Gibson ( noted this is firewall activity. Most modern routers are or can be explicitly configured to deal with syn attacks, ping of death and others. I can't remember the full details on my current router, but it's something that all of them have had in common.

      It should also be noted that there are exploits against some routers. Cisco had to patch a weakness in one of theirs a few years back.

      The biggest weakness of course is the always make a note of the default password and username and store it in something like Mirek W's PINS (it is free and extremely good, from his site: ). Make sure that you use a complex password (most password oubliettes can generate them, as can PINS, the nearly defunct Oubliette which is no longer even on maintenance [...]), and store the password file in an encrypted container, such as TrueCrypt; also store a backed up copy of the router's configuration in the container; it is probably a clever idea to change the password frequently; finally, for your wireless link to the router go to the password generator at as it is about as random/good as you can get.

      Obviously it is important to ensure that you have configured the router/firewall properly. This is not a lazy aside. Do it.

  20. Roy
    October 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    No, for me the built in windows firewall is more than enough. No problem

  21. Tomasz J
    October 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    The third-party firewall is the second life for computer - everything can broke, and any protection makes our hardware safer.

  22. Jackner
    October 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Built in Windows 8 firewall.

  23. Gerry
    October 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I had to answer 'no' because I use the built-in windows firewall on my win7 x64 pro. However I do use third-party software (windows firewall control) to make ir easier to manage. This seems to work well for me.

  24. Rajdeepak S
    October 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    most inbuilt firewall are just basic but for a fine control and a better security a third party firewall is necessary.but a basic user without sensitive data might be good with inbuilt one's but if you have sensitive data e.g banking information, company's sensitive data a third party firewall is definitely better.

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