ZoneAlarm, outbound guardian (video)

ZoneAlarm was among the several major security vendors that lay fallow during the past decade, but now it's hoping to reclaim some goodwill for its famous firewall by making it faster and less obtrusive. See what's new in this First Look video.

Quieter yet more effective, the latest ZoneAlarm Firewall Free should be considered an excellent tool for replacing the otherwise adequate default Windows firewall.

It's a stronger option that includes quieter outbound protection, behavioral detection from the ZoneAlarm Internet security suite, automatic Wi-Fi security setting activation, antiphishing protection, an overhauled ZoneAlarm toolbar that will protect you even when hidden, six months free identity theft protection, and 2GB of free online storage.