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During the installation of Firewall Plus there is a very crucial step that allows the user to choose between simple or advanced. By choosing the Advanced option the user will have far more control over how they can use and interact with the Firewall. Another nice feature of PCTools Firewall Plus it that it will detect when the machine has been attached to a new network. Once the new network has been detected the user can then set the trust level for each network they join.
What does Outpost Pro offer that other firewall solutions do not? The one feature that makes it stand out from others is the ability to lock files and folders so you can easily restrict access to sensitive data. Another nice feature of Outpost Pro is the real-time program activity tracker, which allows the user to monitor, in real time, any modifications to applications. The cost for Outpost Pro is $49.95.
Lavasoft Personal Firewall could easily replace any of the standard firewalling tools for a desktop machine. What sets Lavasoft apart from many other firewall tools is an auto-learning mode which will keep track of users typical activities and avoid alerts for the tasks and tools the user typically works with. Lavasoft also features the usual set of protective tools that will block incoming/outgoing threats/attacks as well as an entertainment mode which will protect you unobtrusively while games are played and movies are watched. The cost for Lavasoft Personal Firewall is $39.95. That price includes free email and live chat support.