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Re: Tor crashes ZoneAlarm

On 9/17/06, Ringo Kamens <2600denver@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
While I think it is important to correct the problem of tor-zonealarm
incompatibility I don't think anybody who uses tor should use zonealarm. Tor
is an anonymity and privacy tool and zone-alarm doesn't respect either of
these fundementals. When installed+run, zone-alarm "phones-home" (check for
yourself with a packet sniffer) even if you tell it not to access anything.
In other words, it breaks it's own rules and I wouldn't trust my
privacy/anonymity to it.

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i think i can happily dis-agree with you.  after following the instructions
on the zonealarm forum for dis-abling automatic updates, etc. one must also
add "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe" and
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\UpdClient.exe" to the program control list
and block all their access.  now, after you start windows & before
connecting to the internet, start the packet sniffer like ethereal.
zonealarm should already have started also.  after connecting to the
internet, you will see the only thing zonealarm does is try to resolve
zonelabs.com, which can be directed through Tor with something like TorDNS.
after that, you will see there is no direct communication between your PC
and ZoneLabs.  can anyone agree? :)