May 062011
 
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Online Armor Firewall Review – What is Online Armor?

Emsisoft Online Armor (OA) is a new powerful proactive firewall that is nearly equal to Comodo Firewall in strength. Both firewalls rank near the top of independent tests for software firewalls (though Comodo is considered slightly more powerful).

In a recent independent proactive security challenge test performed by matousec.com, Online Armor Premium received a score of 99%, surpassing more well-known firewalls, such as ZoneAlarm and Kaspersky Internet Security, and surpassed only by Comodo Firewall, the only firewall and host intrusion prevention system to consistently score 100% in all independent tests (source).


Difference between Online Armor and Comodo Firewalls

Both firewalls are similar but the important difference between the two is that Online Armor has a greater emphasis on ease of use (less firewall popups). Emsisoft has put a lot of development into a simple and intuitive user interface for their firewall at the cost being a slightly less customizable or powerful firewall than Comodo. As their official site states, “you don't need to be a computer expert to use Online Armor.” Therefore, the Netizen Guide recommends OA to more inexperienced firewall users as well as users who are willing to give up some amount of customization and security for a slightly simpler and less obtrusive firewall. If you do choose OA, we recommend Online Armor Premium (the paid version) as the additional features are invaluable to a firewall.

 

 

Online Armor Premium Firewall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Online Armor Premium

The paid version of Online Armor Firewall comes with the following list of features:

  • Online Banking Mode
  • Kernel Mode Security
  • Automatic Updates
  • Web Shield
  • File/Registry Shield
  • Phishing Filter
  • Execution Protection
  • Termination Protection
  • Autostart Protection
  • Firewall
  • Standard Mode
  • Advanced Mode
  • Keylogger Detection
  • Import/Export Settings
  • Tamper Protection
  • DNS Spoofing Protection
  • Support
  • Script/Worm protection
  • Program Guard

Online Armor Premium Firewall Purchase Options (Includes all software updates):

1 Year, 1 license1 year, 3 licenses

2 Years, 1 license2 Years 3 licenses

 

Online Armor Free Firewall

 

 

        Online Armor Free

By comparison, the free version of Online Armor excludes the following features:

  • Online Banking Mode
  • File/Registry Shield
  • Phishing Filter
  • Advanced Mode
  • Automatic Updates
  • Import/Export Settings
  • DNS Spoofing Protection
  • Support

 

After purchasing or downloading Online Armor, return to Firewalls or navigate elsewhere on the Netizen Guide:

     1.  Real Time Protection

     2.  Passive Defense

     3.  Scans and Cleanup

     4.  Firewalls

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