By Neil J. Rubenking  |  Posted 2004-06-01 Print this article Print

Zone Labs Inc., www.zonelabs.com
$69.95 direct (includes one year of updates, support, and service); $24.95 a year thereafter.

Enhances existing firewall, outbound program control, e-mail, and privacy protection. Adds integrated antivirus, secure instant messaging, and filtering of undesirable sites. Automatic Program Configuration drastically reduces confusing alerts about programs attempting to access the Internet.
Turning off the firewall also turns off antivirus. IDLock feature causes rare false alarms.
Bottom Line:
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Neil J. Rubenking Neil Rubenking served as vice president and president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years when the IBM PC was brand new. He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors. In 1986, PC Magazine brought Neil on board to handle the torrent of Turbo Pascal tips submitted by readers. By 1990 he had become PC Magazine's technical editor, and a coast-to-coast telecommuter. His 'User to User' column supplied readers with tips and solutions on using DOS and Windows, his technical columns clarified fine points in programming and operating systems, and his utility articles (over forty of them) provided both useful programs and examples of programming in Pascal, Visual Basic, and Delphi. Mr. Rubenking has also written seven books on DOS, Windows, and Pascal/Delphi programming, including PC Magazine DOS Batch File Lab Notes and the popular Delphi Programming for Dummies. In his current position as a PC Magazine Lead Analyst he evaluates and reports on client-side operating systems and security solutions such as firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and full security suites. He continues to answer questions for readers in the ongoing 'Solutions' column and in PC Magazine's discussion forums.

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