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Our Top Picks:   

Black ICE Size 2.7Mb Demo
BlackICE Defender is an industrial-strength anti-hacker system that delivers unmatched protection to your PC. It scans your DSL, cable modem, or dial-up Internet connection looking for hacker activity. When it detects an attempted intrusion, it automatically blocks traffic from that source, keeping intruders from accessing your system. BlackICE has been recognized in the industry for its superior technology with 9 prestigious awards in the last year since its launch.

Norton Personal Firewall 2003 Size: 9.0 Mb Software: $49.95
Your maximum defense against hackers and other Internet threats. Right out of the box, it provides security for your PC and privacy for your personal information. Powerful firewall software controls all Internet connections to and from your computer and alerts you to attempted intrusions. You can also use Norton Personal Firewall to prevent personal data from being sent to web sites without your knowledge, and to block Java© applets, ActiveX? controls, and cookies from unfamiliar sites.

Shields Up Web Based Freeware
Test your personal firewall setup with this free web based service which will scan your TCP/IP and UDP ports for common vulnerabilities, open shares, and any additional information available from your network. Easy to read reports and recommendations are available after the scan, as well as additional security information and artcles.

Tiny Personal Firewall Size: 1.35Mb Free for Home use
Tiny Personal Firewall represents smart, easy-to-use personal security technology that fully protects personal computers against hackers. Built on ICSA-certified security technology, it is also an integral part of The Tiny Software Centrally Managed Desktop Security (CMDS) system selected by the US Air Force for its approximately 500,000 desktop computers

Zone Alarm Size 1.5Mb Freeware
The award-winning ZoneAlarm Internet security utility increases security for Internet-connected personal computers with its unparalleled ease of use and strong protection features. Provides essential protection for Internet users. Combining the safety of a dynamic firewall with total control over applications' Internet use, ZoneAlarm gives rock-solid protection against thieves and vandals.
Other Software Sites:

If you are looking for additional sources of Utilities, try these sites:

Beverly Hills Software
This sites been around a long time, and they do a great job. Software is rated, and easy to find, but some days the site seems a little slow.  
Great site, although a bit tough to navigate. Literally hundreds of programs are available.


SunBelt Software
Sunbelt Software is the world's first and largest provider of 'Best of Breed' NT Utilities. You get mainframe quality tech support, and the best tools all from one source. They also have a few great mailing lists, an online Tech "University", and a tech Glossary.

Well organized, and fast. Gotta love a page that gives a "Five Cow" rating for software. However, you may have to wade through a ton of end user software before you get to applications that you may actually find useful. NT Shareware
One of our favorite sites. All of software is well organized, lists license status, price, size, download time, etc., and the site is searchable.

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