A firewall review: OutPost vs NetDefender Comparison

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Outpost vs NetDefender - A firewall comparison

NetDefender and Outpost are both rather old personal firewalls with no new version in recent years, but there are still reasons that you may find them interesting to explore. So, let’s compare Outpost vs NetDefender and see if you find either firewall worth a try.

 

NetDefender history

NetDefender is a free and open-source firewall that was developed by two young Indian programmers in the early 2000s. Sudhir Mangla and Rajender Singh who were Information Technology students at Lingaya's Institute of Management and Technology in Faridabad, India, initially created NetDefender as their final project for one of their college courses.

They released the second version, NetDefender 1.5 Beta 1, in 2008, with more features as well as a better user interface. Unfortunately, the project seems to have been abandoned ever since, but you can still download NetDefender (and its source code) from the Internet.

Outpost history

Just like NetDefender, the Outpost firewall came to existence in the early 2000s. Agnitum, the manufacturing company, was founded in 1999 by Mikhail Zakhryapin and Alexey Elagin who were students at Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the time.

In 2002, Agnitum released its most famous product, Outpost Firewall Pro, which was introduced as a firewall for home users. Firewalls used to be more complicated then, but Outpost tried to target a wider audience by creating a simpler tool that could be understood by ordinary users, too.

Soon, Outpost found international popularity, thanks to the Internet. Agnitum worked hard to improve Outpost by each new version, so the next versions came with more features and options. For instance, the final version which was released in late 2015, had a cloud-based analyzer.

A short while after the release of Outpost 9.3, a well-known Russian corporation called Yandex, which specializes in Internet-related products and services, acquired Agnitum to use its resources to improve the security of the Yandex web browser.

 

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And that was the end for Agnitum and Outpost. In 2016, Agnitum officially terminated the distribution of the Outpost firewall. It also stopped updating its virus database, fixing its bugs, and offering technical support to its customers. As the final step, the Agnitum user forum, which had turned to a big community of users interested in online security, was shut down in 2017.

Platform compatibility

Neither PeerBlock, nor Outpost firewall is compatible with macOS or Linux. Outpost is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP on both 32-bit and 64-bit setups. NetDefender was initially designed for Windows XP and 2000. When its last version was released Windows Vista was barely out the door, so the NetDefender developers could only express the hope that it would work well on Vista. Turns out they had nothing to worry about, as now we see NetDefender even works well on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Just note that to run NetDefender or Outpost, the Windows default firewall must be disabled.

 

Outpost Firewall Pro

NetDefender

PC

·          32/64 bit  versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

·         does not support any server

·         32/64 bit  versions of Windows 2000, XP, 7, 8

·         does not support any server

Mobile

-

-

 

License and price

NetDefender was created as an open-source and free firewall and always remained so. Outpost used to have a premium version as well as a free version with limited features. But, with Outpost’s official distribution no longer in play, both sides in the Outpost vs NetDefender head-to-head are equal price-wise.

 

Outpost Firewall Pro

NetDefender

License

Freeware

Freeware

Price range

It is completely free

It is completely free

Multi-devices

-

No

Free trial

It is completely free

It is completely free

Money-back guarantee

It is completely free

It is completely free

 

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What is NetDefender firewall?

NetDefender is a very basic software firewall based on packet filtering technology, which mostly stands out due to being open-source. It is written in VC++ 7.1 (Visual Studio 2003) and uses MFC, Windows API, and Filter Hook Driver.

NetDefender firewall allows users to define rules based on source IP address or port number, destination IP address or port number, and the protocol used. You can create, edit or delete rules with just a few clicks, and see the current rules in the main window, along with details such as source and destination IP, port and mask, and the protocol used (TCP, ICMP, UDP). NetDefender also has a port scanner that scans the system for open ports and lets you block them if you want.

Additionally, you can block any applications on your computer from connecting to the Internet. To do so, the NetDefender firewall shows you a list of all the applications currently running on your system and lets you know which ones are currently trying to communicate with the network. You can study the list and add any of the programs to the blacklist. This means to block applications, you need to have them running at the moment, which could be somewhat inconvenient.

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What is Outpost firewall?

Outpost is a personal firewall that comes with an antivirus and many additional features. Outpost can detect malicious intruders, block data theft attempts, watch your inbox for Internet worms and viruses, block ads, and hide your web surfing habits. It also has an Anti-Leak Control feature that prevents malware from exploiting otherwise trusted applications to send out your data. Besides, you can use its file and folder lock feature to block access to specific items.

Outpost Firewall has pre-set rules for many popular applications (but unfortunately nothing for applications introduced after 2015, since it was discontinued after that.) How Outpost deals with new and unknown applications depends on the Firewall policy chosen by the user. For example, Outpost has a Block Most policy that if selected, gives Outpost Software a very suspicious attitude and makes it block all network connections from all applications except those that are explicitly allowed by the existing rules (including pre-set and user rules.) But the default policy that is active when the Outpost is first installed is called Rules Wizard that allows the user to determine whether an application should be allowed a network connection to a specific address and port, the first time that application is run. To that end, the Outpost firewall displays a prompt each time a new application or process (for which no rules are specified) requests network access or when an application requests a connection that is not covered by its existing rules.

Clearly, Outpost is more advanced than NetDefender, as its last version was released years later than NetDefender’s.

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Outpost vs NetDefender: features and functionality

Let’s have a look at some other important characteristics of Outpost and NetDefender:

  • NetDefender and Outpost are both two-way firewalls, i.e. they monitor every inbound and outbound connection that is being established and make sure no threat can put your system or data at risk. This way, the firewall can lock out hackers from accessing your system and prevents undesired applications from connecting to the Internet.
  • Outpost includes antivirus, antispam, and host intrusion prevention system (HIPS), along with the firewall. NetDefender does not include any of these. So, the Outpost vs NetDefender battle has an obvious winner in this aspect.
  • Both firewalls allow users to add and customize security rules, based on IP addresses and ports.
  • Unlike Outpost, NetDefender is open-source, so if you know how to code, you can modify the code as you want and add more advanced features to it, or customize it for your use.
  • Outpost and NetDefender both have clean and simple user interfaces. Both firewalls are also easy to install, but since NetDefender is a very simple firewall, and it does not offer to add any services that are not absolutely necessary, it uses less amount of system resources.

This table compares Outpost vs NetDefender in terms of features:

 

Outpost Firewall Pro

NetDefender

Supported Languages

English

English

Firewall

Yes

Yes

Including Antivirus

Yes

No

Identity Protection

Yes

No

Lock down mode

No

No

Internet Security

Yes

Yes

Early Boot Protection

No

No

 

Conclusion

After comparing Outpost vs NetDefender, we believe that the worst thing about both of them is that they are no longer supported or updated by their developers. Being discontinued is especially a major issue for security applications like firewalls and antivirus programs; they need constant updating as every day the Internet is facing a new threat that requires up-to-date solutions. At least NetDefender is open-source, so some programmers may be able to enhance it by adding necessary up-to-date features to the original code.

Note that Outpost and NetDefender are both general-purpose firewalls. But depending on your personal and professional needs, you may need a firewall specialized for a specific goal. For example, PeerBlock is a personal firewall specially designed for peer-to-peer file-sharing networks , or SunFirewall is an advanced remote desktop protection tool with a variety of features, such as dynamically changing Remote Desktop Port, finding suspected RDP users, and detecting Brute-Force attacks.

Published by Blogger at 2020 May 29