Is your computer secure? Is the firewall that you have installed working properly? Those questions are rather hard to answer even for users with lots of PC experience. Many users simply use the Windows Firewall and think their computer is secure because most experts say that you do need a firewall but do not make any recommendations and if they recommend a firewall they are often biased or try to sell you a product that they own or receive commission for.
Test My PC Security is a website that is offering several Firewall and Host Intrusion Prevention System Leak Tests that you can use to test local firewalls. The interesting aspect of this website is however that you can view test results online. And with test results I do not mean your own but those of other users. It does contain a ranking for Windows XP and Windows Vista with the Firewall that passed most (or even all) tests on the top and those that did not do that well at the bottom.
Ratings range from Excellent to Unacceptable with Comodo Firewall receiving the only Excellent rating. Comodo on the other hand seems to be the company that created the Test My PC Security website. I don't think that they are cheating openly about the results but it could be that they designed the tests that way that their firewall would do very well. Now, I'm not an expert on the topic and it just seems a little bit strange, that is all I have to say.
Update: Please note that the site has not been updated in a while. The global test results are for instance only listing Windows Vista and XP, but not newer versions of Windows that Microsoft released in the meantime. While it may still be a great experience to run the tests on your system, the results may not be as easy to check as they were previously.
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