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"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

- One of the laws of computers and programming revealed.



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computers:firewalls:zentayal

zentayal

Has a lot of promise, but the community version was not useable.

Pros:

  • It had a great web interface that was simple to use.
  • Can make “events” that will spit off an email if something happens

Cons

  • Does not easily block unwanted apps. There is a way to do this, but one has to specify every single service that is allowed, rather than just groups.
  • Captive portal
    • Redirects SSL pages to bad certificate. Would have to buy a certificate, as many sites like google now are SSL. In short, it would scare the user.
    • Requires a second browser window to be open during browsing session. This window is also blocked by popup blockers, so the average user would have to re-login after a bit and get annoyed.
    • Wants a username and password, complicating things.
    • Can't customize page. Can't add a “Terms of Use”
  • Logging is an afterthought and hard to find, much less use.
    • No “current” traffic
    • Hidden from view under “Maintenance”
  • Filtering and Antivirus require a subscription.
  • Slow startup
computers/firewalls/zentayal.txt · Last modified: Dec 4, 2013 (5 years ago) by Matt Bagley