Hey The Skeptic,
The Skeptic, on Nov 6 2008, 09:07 PM, said:
My question is, and I'll put it bluntly: why should I care about outbound traffic? I assume that every user of a computer with XP-SP2, which makes up the majority of the users, has a firewall installed. Either Microsoft's or another. If he doesn't, he will get infected whether I protect my outbound traffic or not.
Am I not right? Could you clarify this point, please? Honestly, I could never understood this double sided protection not in firewalls nor in antiviruses.
Regarding Spywareguard, Sari is correct. The program is available for a long time. I used it for a while and stopped for the same reasons that I stopped using TeaTimer.
Inbound and outbound protection is equally important in my opinion. Windows Firewall isn't perfect in blocking every single malware that tries to sneak into your system. Like sari said, there are certain malware that can easily slip past Windows Firewall and hide itself in an unnoticed part of your computer. Some of these malware can then download other malicious files from the Internet without the user's knowledge, or worse still (like sari mentioned), send out private information to its authors. Without a two way firewall, you will never know if your passwords and personal details are secretly collected on the other end of the line.