> >I've recently gone broadband and used to run just ZoneAlarm. I'd run
> >BlackIce Defender on a machine at work.
> >When the broadband came in I installed BlackIce on my PC so I'm now
> >THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS:
> >In what order should they be loaded? Currently ZA loads last. Would it
> >better if BlackIce loaded last? Does it matter? Who's on first (so to
> Please give this a careful read before you proceed :
These are both good articles to read.
A BI/Zone combo is actually a very cool way to go. You get the best of both
worlds. Zone gives you Application Gate capability to stop dumb Trojans. BI
gives you an industrial strength IDS to monitor actual traffic on the wire.
If you keep BI in trusting mode and use Zone to do most of your firewalling
you should be okay.
BlackICE loads its drivers at a much lower level in the operating system, so
you should probably load those first. The Blackd.exe application has to
attach to the Windows networking API to grab raw frames from your NIC.
Needless to say, no security is 100% effective. Keep an eye on what comes
and goes out of your PC and you'll be fine.