outgoing firewall

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    Dec 23, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    i re installed an outgoing firewall today; this lets you know what applications are phoning home. Very interesting and in some obvious cases a must have. Indicative of latent damages but information nice to know.

    -Chances are you dont really need it if you dont know what.

    -not for the none geek?, can be overwhelming so be generous on the outgoing restrictions you set. Just say no dosnt apply here. An example of this is DropBox, this app phones home often to sync your cloud files.

    -before you decide to restrict a unknown application you might want to google exactly what it is. Turning it off might may cause a chunk to fall off your computing experience that things lock up.

    -here is my list i looked at before picking:
    LittleSnitch the accepted standard, expensive, maybe too high a resolution for the dont want to be geek
    TCPBlock totally free, not Yosemite compatible yet because of kext
    GlowWorm lite version free otherwise $30
    ZoneAlarm free,looks dorky
    HandsOff expensive, v2.3.2 or better should be good for 10.10.1 high resolution
    RadioSilence low cost $9.00 low resolution, good for the none geek

    -like all apps these things; LittleSnitch and HandsOff put markers into your OS. If your re install fails not as expected look for hidden files andor small processes you might see run. I mean if you want to FULLY un install before re asserting a new copyicon_idea.gif
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    Dec 23, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    I wasn't even aware of such thing as outgoing firewall. Now, when I google, I see most of the article suggesting, "why you don't need an outgoing firewall?" They make a good case.

    My question is: Why did you install an outgoing firewall? Did you observe something which made you take this decision?
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    Dec 23, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    if your last major operating system update was not a full install but just an update over the years things accumulate.

    if you run say a mail server on your computer nice to know no one has hacked into it sending 15,000,000 emails every night. My guess few people run their own mail server tho.

    9 months ago if you have clicked on a nude body flashing across your screen totally by accident you say "oh my that was a bad" likely you have a gift that continues to give. If you completed a web survey to test if you are color blind?

    Applications never ever completely un install. I mean why would they?
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    Dec 23, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    Another thing you can do, but which can also completely wreck your system, is turn off Windows services. Right click on the desktop Computer icon and select manage, then in the Computer Management window select Services.

    And in the programs menu, under Administration, is a thing called System Configuration. Its Startup tab tells you what's being started when you boot your system. I always turn off the Adobe stuff, the Google update thing, and anything else that I'm sure is some add-on turd. This is another place where you can wreck your system if you don't know what you're doing.

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    Dec 23, 2014 6:51 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidI wasn't even aware of such thing as outgoing firewall. Now, when I google, I see most of the article suggesting, "why you don't need an outgoing firewall?" They make a good case.
    My question is: Why did you install an outgoing firewall? Did you observe something which made you take this decision?

    They also help you realize why we need gigabytes of ram when we used to only need megabytes of ram.   icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 23, 2014 7:12 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said... help you realize why we need gigabytes of ram when we used to only need megabytes of ram...

    only a number, limits of the technology.
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    Dec 24, 2014 10:18 AM GMT
    Just switch to some unix distro. Life is much more peaceful.
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    Dec 24, 2014 10:23 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    __morphic__ saidI wasn't even aware of such thing as outgoing firewall. Now, when I google, I see most of the article suggesting, "why you don't need an outgoing firewall?" They make a good case.
    My question is: Why did you install an outgoing firewall? Did you observe something which made you take this decision?

    They also help you realize why we need gigabytes of ram when we used to only need megabytes of ram.   icon_mad.gif

    Doesn't it also depend on the web page technologies? I just have a 1GB ram, and my computer works fine for usual programming, watching movie etc. It's just when I go online and checkout certain webpages that it starts to complain.
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    Dec 24, 2014 5:55 PM GMT
    __morphic__ said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    __morphic__ saidI wasn't even aware of such thing as outgoing firewall. Now, when I google, I see most of the article suggesting, "why you don't need an outgoing firewall?" They make a good case.
    My question is: Why did you install an outgoing firewall? Did you observe something which made you take this decision?
    They also help you realize why we need gigabytes of ram when we used to only need megabytes of ram.   icon_mad.gif
    Doesn't it also depend on the web page technologies? I just have a 1GB ram, and my computer works fine for usual programming, watching movie etc. It's just when I go online and checkout certain webpages that it starts to complain.

    Yeah, I have that same problem on some specific web pages, typically tumblr blogs that have infinite scroll; firefox starts getting wacky after I've scrolled down awhile. I have 4 gig and wish I had 64 gig.
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    Dec 24, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    __morphic__ said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    __morphic__ saidI wasn't even aware of such thing as outgoing firewall. Now, when I google, I see most of the article suggesting, "why you don't need an outgoing firewall?" They make a good case.
    My question is: Why did you install an outgoing firewall? Did you observe something which made you take this decision?
    They also help you realize why we need gigabytes of ram when we used to only need megabytes of ram.   icon_mad.gif
    Doesn't it also depend on the web page technologies? I just have a 1GB ram, and my computer works fine for usual programming, watching movie etc. It's just when I go online and checkout certain webpages that it starts to complain.

    Yeah, I have that same problem on some specific web pages, typically tumblr blogs that have infinite scroll; firefox starts getting wacky after I've scrolled down awhile. I have 4 gig and wish I had 64 gig.

    Yep, the stop script problem.
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    Dec 24, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    Windows Firewall is o.k.

    Zone Alarm is very mature, and has been around for years.