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ZoneAlarm popped up this morning saying that an important update had been released and that I should update. So, I followed the link.
It turns out that while ZoneAlarm Plus and ZoneAlarm Pro have been updated, but the free version that I use hasn’t. What’s more, it’s getting harder than ever to actually find the free version on the site, and you are bombarded with information about how much better the paid-for versions are (apparently the free version isn’t designed for laptops, for example).
If I were ZoneLabs I’d play carefully. Sygate’s free firewell is on a par with ZoneAlarm and if they’re too pushy they’re going to lose custom.
In the meantime I’m downloading Phoenix 0.5. The mouse seems to work fine, though only time will tell.


  1. I’ve actually got ZoneAlarm Pro, and I think the extra configuration options alone are worth the cash. It supports MS ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), allows you to specify exactly which ports a program is allowed to use (although the recent update reset my settings for MS Outlook to ‘allow out on all ports’: I’ve now re-configured it so that it only allows access to the mail ports) AND has privacy/advert control system (i.e. “block all banner/pop-up ads”).
    Oh – you mis-spelt “Phoenix” in your last post… But since you posted it late, I’ll let you off 🙂

  2. Yeah, I noticed the mis-spelling just as I was going to bed and thought ‘sod it’, basically.
    I would buy ZA Pro if I had the money to spare, but I think food comes first…

  3. You might want to look at Agnitum ( for their free firewall – I’ve been using it for a couple of months now – a LOT better and more configurable than zonealarm!