Eleven Months after the release of our first, simple, but effective and popular (7,975,638 downloads) LeakTest firewall testing utility, BlackICE Defender (BID) continues to “leak” — as defined by LeakTest. But a recent update to BID (version 2.9cai) was hiding this fact from its users by effectively cheating the LeakTest.
Rather than enhancing BlackICE Defender by adding the sort of application-level controls that are available even from many completely free personal firewalls, BID’s publisher, NetworkICE, apparently chose to prevent LeakTest’s intended operation by adding specific awareness to BID of LeakTest’s remote testing IP.
|October 25, 2001|
|LeakTest and the Windows XP Built-In Firewall
This site has been most well-known for its FREE ShieldsUP! Internet security test. Crucial as it is to protect yourself from malicious hackers outside, those bad guys represent only half of the threat. The Internet has proven to be an extremely fertile transportation medium for all manner of nasty Trojan horse programs, rapidly proliferating viruses, and privacy invading commercial spyware. As a result, it is no longer true that all of the potential problems reside outside the computer.
ways . . . so must your security.
to provide — application-based management and
control of outbound Internet communications.
Just like people, no two firewalls are identical. Some are rather spartan where others have plenty of bells and whistles. Some are easy to use and some have been made too easy to use — rendering them highly insecure. And, sadly, there are others which are pure snake oil sucker bait. This situation is further complicated by the fact that in this weird and immature market, you don’t get what you pay for. One of the BEST firewalls is completely free, and one of the most WORTHLESS is the most expensive.
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company or entity, and no hidden agenda creating bias of any kind.
The LeakTest Family
The biggest problem with highly technical products — like software firewalls — is that they are, ummmm, highly technical. When viewed from a great distance they often seem pretty much alike. And they all claim to be the latest state-of-the-art, most secure and amazing things ever to grace your hard drive. But few actually are. Many are simply junk.
in the balance, you NEED to know which is which.
YOU will be able to make fully-informed decisions about which products best suit your needs, and,
Unable to hide in the darkness any longer, the forces of natural selection will induce these products to either improve or die. The truth is, I don’t care which. We only need a few personal firewalls and the market has become flooded with opportunistic competition.
Why am I doing this?
For more than a year, ShieldsUP! has provided the personal computing industry with useful, free, “first pass” external security testing. NanoProbe will take that testing to its theoretical limits. The evolving LeakTest family will provide a suite of internal security tests.
When viewed in retrospect, isn’t it obvious that we have desperately needed something like LeakTest?
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