Before I switched over to Comodo I used ZoneAlarm for several years. Why did I switch? Simple answer is I’m cheap. By most standards, I think ZoneAlarm was, and still is superior to Comodo. The interface on Zonealarm is much easier to work with compared to Comodo as well.
Both of them allow you to block malicious programs before they start, they monitor your PC for any program connecting to other locations. This means that if you’re hit with an exploit from an email or anything like that, Zonealarm can help stop the program in its tracks before you’re even infected. Now, some exploits can bypass zonealarm and comodo, but it’s rare, and no matter what you’re running at that point you’d be infected anyway.
For basic security, I always recommend people run either ZoneAlarm or Comodo along with NoScript on Firefox. As I mentioned in previous posts, reading over your email very carefully and verifying links is something you should always do. It gets pretty easy to see which ones are phishing/exploits/malware once you’ve seen enough of them. They play new tricks a lot but they’re still easy to spot once you get the hang of it.
Anyway, ZoneAlarm gets an A+ rating from me, it’s something that truly can protect you if you use it wisely. If you don’t read over the prompts at all and properly configure Zonealarm, things might not be protected as much as you’d want.
Anyway, give Comodo or Zonealarm a try and see which one you like the most. Either one will protect you very well when used correctly.
Well, I’m a long time ZoneAlarm user. I just recently pulled a switch to the comodo security suite. Instantly, I’m greeted with dialogs just like I would expect from ZoneAlarm. However, Comodo takes it a step further. It seems to monitor every little thing a program does, from modifying any little registry value in windows, to internet access attempts. Why didn’t I try out Comodo sooner? Well, I was under the impression that ZoneAlarm was awesome, and there couldn’t be something better. Well, I was wrong, dead wrong in fact. I see that comodo does virus scans, updates automatically, secures internet, and monitors programs very closely. Many say that Comodo is less resource heavy as well.
Here’s the real kicker, Comodo is free! ZoneAlarm Pro is not. The regular ZoneAlarm doesn’t come with nearly as many features as the free version of Comodo does. I think I have just found my new favorite software firewall and antivirus. Anyone not running something like ZoneAlarm or Comodo needs to go get one of the two now. No matter how savvy you think you are, there are a lot of strange things on the internet that could trick you, and Comodo or ZoneAlarm will block such things.
In conclusion, Comodo gets my vote now, ZoneAlarm is good, but I don’t think it’s as good as Comodo even in the “pro” version.