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Google has added a new firewall feature to their cloud offering. Currently in beta, the App Engine firewall, which is in beta, lets developers specify a set of rules, order them by priority and specify an IP address or a set of IP addresses. These are used to block or allow access to an application.

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Outbound firewalls, or firewalls that only throw up alarms when a program on your machine tries to call out to the internet, are largely useless, according to our friends at How-To Geek. They don't offer real protection, ignore inbound threats and give you a false sense of security. Here's why.

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Windows 7/Vista: One of the common complaints with the default Windows firewall is the ridiculous number of pop-ups you'll receive when it is enabled. TinyWall removes that annoyance while still providing an easy to use interface for advanced and beginner users.

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Connecting your laptop to the local coffee shop's Wi-Fi without a good firewall and thinking you're secure is like using a condom with thousands of holes in it and calling it safe sex. Your antivirus application is a good start, but if you want to make sure you're computer is safe while you're connected to the internet, a solid firewall is a must. Keep reading for a closer look at the five best Windows firewalls.