1. Outpost Firewall Pro 2009
2. Online Armor
3. Comodo Firewall
Outpost Firewall Pro 2009 6.5.2355.316.0597 leads the challenge with 99%, tightly followed by the paid version of Online Armor Personal Firewall 220.127.116.11 with 98% and the best free product – Comodo Firewall Pro 18.104.22.1689 with 95%. ProSecurity 1.43, which will be replaced by Real-time Defender in the future, is on the third place with 93%. All these products reached the Excellent protection level. Online Armor Personal Firewall 22.214.171.124 Free and Kaspersky Internet Security 126.96.36.1995 are close to the excellent results.
Among the newly tested products, Ashampoo FireWall FREE 1.20 and Webroot Desktop Firewall 188.8.131.52 reached the best network performance results. The worst results were measured with G DATA InternetSecurity 2008.
It seems that Firewall Challenge tests make a big difference between really good products and the rest of the world. Most of the products are filtered in very low levels which means that they probably miss some critical features.
However, it is crucial to know what does it mean if a product succeeds in our tests and what does it mean if it fails. Before you start interpreting the results, you should be familiar with the information on the index page, especially with the methodology and rules. You should also know which kind of products do we test before you start to interpret the results.