Microsoft has shipped all recent versions of Windows operating system with a firewall program. A firewall helps you protect your PC from hackers and malicious software. While the default Windows Firewall is good enough for most users, power users may want to install a third-party firewall program to better protect their PCs.
Users who are running internet security software such as Kaspersky Internet Security, Norton Internet Security, ESET Smart Security, and Bitdefender Internet Security need not to install a third-party firewall software as these security suites come with their own firewall program and disable Windows Firewall during the product installation.
It’s users who’re relaying on the Windows Defender (in Windows 8) and users who are using just an anti-virus software need a good third-party software.
When it comes to free firewall, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall is probably one of the better firewall software available for Windows. It’s also the most downloaded free firewall software. ZoneAlarm has recently released a brand new version of free Firewall and it now supports Windows 8 as well.
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2013 packs-in two-way firewall, privacy and security toolbar, advance download protection, and advanced firewall. Besides, ZoneAlarm Free 2013 includes do not track and Facebook privacy scan features as well.
With ZoneAlarm software, you also get 5 GB of free online storage to securely backup your crucial data. To use this feature, you need to download and install ZoneAlarm Online Backup tool and activate your free account.
Users who would like to store more data in their ZoneAlarm Online Backup accounts can upgrade to the 150 GB storage plan for just $4.95/month. Most Windows users may not feel the need of this backup tool and service as there are much better cloud backup solutions are available.
Please note, the default settings of quick install method will install ZoneAlarm toolbar, and set ZoneAlarm search as your homepage and default search. If you don’t want to install the toolbar and alter browser settings, choose Custom install and deselect Make ZoneAlarm search my homepage, Install ZoneAlarm toolbar and Make ZoneAlarm my default search options.
The Pro version of ZoneAlarm Firewall comes with antivirus/antispyware and parental controls to filter and block inappropriate websites.
All-in-all, ZoneAlarm Free 2013 is a must have firewall if you’re using just an antivirus software. For those who don’t know, it’s safe to install a firewall program alongside an antivirus software. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2013 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.