McAfee firewall adds blocking features

Thursday, 29 August 2002, 10:49 AM EST

You may be careful about the files your computer receives over the Internet, but what about the ones it sends out? McAfee.com announced Wednesday that the latest versions of its personal firewall products will work for outgoing applications as well.

Personal Firewall and Personal Firewall Plus now include outbound blocking and "application fingerprinting" to protect users from Trojan Horse programs and spyware that may have been installed on their computers.

Once the firewall is in place, no application will be able to communicate outside the computer without the user's consent.

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