Published by Network ICE on 24 Mar 2009
Updated24 Mar 2009
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"BlackICE teams a personal firewall."BlackICE teams a personal firewall with an advanced intrusion detection system to constantly watch your Internet connection for suspicious behavior. BlackICE responds immediately by alerting you to trouble and instantly blocking the threat.
BlackICE PC Protection now features Application Protection, an exciting new feature designed to shield your PCs, laptops and workstations from hijack by an attacker, and protects you from Trojan horse applications, worms and other destructive threats.
BlackICE's Application Protection quickly and invisibly defeats dangerous programs that attackers deliver through instant messaging, email, or even your Web browser! BlackICE stops these destructive programs before they do harm-like damaging your PC or launching email attacks against your friends and co-workers.
BlackICE automatically detects and blocks attacks through a comprehensive inspection of all inbound and outbound information to your computer. And BlackICE PC Protection is constantly working to secure your dial-up, DSL, and cable modem from hackers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
BlackICE PC Protection has some unique features, including the ability to block or trust a visitor. This tool allows you to block for an hour, a day, a month or forever—we liked the flexibility this offered.
BlackICE has some powerful filtering features. You can specify the exact type and duration for each rule you create and you can make these rules specific to a given port on your computer. Without getting into much networking terminology, you can block a certain kind of message from entering or exiting a given location on your computer. This tool helps you fine tune your filtering. You can also turn application control and communication control on or off.
With BlackICE PC Protection, you can customize your firewall to record all of your computer's interactions. But to use these records (logs) to track data to its origin you'll need to buy trace file decoding software.
Ease of Use:
The BlackICE screen is not as simple to use as screens in other firewalls. BlackICE PC Protection has a good control panel and a useful history screen that lists past events and network traffic, but improvements would help push this firewall higher in the rankings.
Ease of Installation:
BlackICE PC Protection's installation takes longer than other products. First, you must decide whether to install the firewall with the AP (Application Protection) on or off. Installing with AP on adds an extra 10 to 20 minutes to your install time, but installing with AP off is simple and fast. However, you will not have application protection until you turn AP on, so be certain to add this after you install.
BlackICE PC Protection did an excellent job keeping our identifying computer data stealth (hidden); viewers couldn't see our computer. The firewall also protected us from Trojans (dangerous software). BlackICE PC Protection failed to block an outsider's view of our browser information, however (the referrer test). This means that websites I visit can see what browser I'm using, what region I'm in, and last website I've visited, even with my firewall up and running.
The support and documentation for BlackICE PC Protection is excellent. You can access help from any screen control panel. You can link to BlackICE website help topics or you can search the online knowledge base.
BlackICE PC Protection is a good firewall software program that needs control panel improvements to help novices take advantage of customization. With these improvements, BlackICE PC Protection has the potential to become a top contender.
BlackICE PC Protection provides many customizable features, enough to allow you to set up a small network if you want. But this would take an experienced computer user time to get right.
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