McAfee Personal Firewall Plus is the main firewall software from Networks Associates Technology Inc. and is bundled as part of various security suites from McAfee, the most integrated being McAfee Internet Security. This product has a default setting that is powerful enough for most, but experienced users would probably wish to have more control over configuration.
Installing McAfee Personal Firewall Plus is easy and guided by the installation wizard, with a setup assistant to guide you through the process. During set up you need to decide upon one of four security levels: Dial up, Always on, Home network or Office network. If you need to change your level, you have to run the whole set up wizard again. Once installation is completed, you need to restart the computer, and the firewall starts running in the background. McAfee installs a complete security center in your machine. The default set up for application recognition would automatically block any new applications depending upon their trust level.
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus is exceptionally good at tracing an intruder's IP address or range of IP addresses, their geographic location, telephone number and other identifying details. Besides blocking the offensive intrusion, McAfee can also trace it back to the point of origin and provides a map through all the routers. This report helps in providing enough evidence against the offender when reporting them to their ISP, which should then take appropriate action. The upgraded intrusion-detection functionality can pattern-check all inbound and outbound packets for matches to known viruses.
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus also allows you to check both the inbound and outbound data from data flow statistics, giving a chart of current and historic processes. The statistics also gives the bandwidth used by each process. You can also monitor all the applications accessing the Internet, the IP addresses they are listening to and the ports they are using. The firewall can also block an IP address with the Ban IP feature. McAfee Personal Firewall is, however, weak in blocking ads and hiding browser history.
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus has an intuitive and easy to navigate interface. It is a bit expensive in comparison with other products - for complete security McAfee Internet Security would be a better product and, if you need only a firewall, ZoneAlarm would be a better choice.
Author Michaela Forbesdate added 2009-09-07 12:58:06