Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 26th Apr 2006 07:37 UTC, submitted by george
Windows The firewall in Windows Vista will, by default, have half its protection turned off because that is what enterprise customers have requested, according to the software giant.
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RE: whatever...
by jessta on Wed 26th Apr 2006 12:55 UTC in reply to "whatever..."
jessta
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2005-08-17

I question, when was the last time you ran a personal firewall the blocked outbound connections?

I personally never have.
They are quite difficult to configure properly as you have to make rules for every networked application you use.
I can imagine them being basically impossible for an average user to configure properly and without properly understanding them they will just cause more support issues.
It's much smarter to prevent the rogue applications from being installed in the first place, much easier
to do.

- Jesse McNelis

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RE[2]: whatever...
by ma_d on Wed 26th Apr 2006 16:12 in reply to "RE: whatever..."
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2005-06-29

Definitely. The trouble is that they popup those little dialogs, and you stop reading them unless you're very careful because they get in your way _right now_.

They also limit what you can do as an app designer. Users may wonder why your one program has three programs requesting internet access (not that this is a common scenario). And when users wonder, we all know, they make up crap ;) .

And it doesn't stop the more common type of rogue virus: The one that's installed into some dll somewhere that runs with a program. Although it may save you from some nasty spyware, which you were probably told you were installing while you clicked "next" repeatedly.

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