Changed settings in new version - Different method and less secure
Just did the automatic update to: Computer Security 12.56 build 100. I'm not happy with at least two changes that I think make the product less secure and less effective.
First of all, I hate the new GUI using that panel thing that pops up. Is there a way to switch that off? It's merely eye-candy that doesn't bring anything else but irritation.
After having upgraded, my custom firewall setting is gone. This forces me to set up my carefully worked out firewall profile all over again (protocols and ports I need sometimes; stricter rules when on insecure line, or relaxed rules when on VPN). The unwanted and unasked change of settings is something I ditched other security software for. I can't trust a program that changes settings without me knowing it.
The application control tool has changed. It now asks me to accept or deny a program to connect to the Internet. Accepting automatically means accepting it for all instances after the first time, which I don't like. I want to be able to allow a program on a per instance decision as it was before. The check-box to always allow a program has gone. But I don't want, for instance, that the Windows Installer can access in the background every time, once I have allowed it for another instance. I want a notification every time a program wants to connect. And I want to be able to decide whether or not a trusted program may connect everytime or not.
Worse: it automatically means that if you allow, it will allow connection in two directions as a program default. Not sure if the firewall reacts according to this setting. If so, the application control renders the firewall useless, as it will accept both outgoing as well as incoming traffic based on the lack of the option in the new GUI to set your preference. This can't possibly be the case. I want to decide whether a program may connect once, always and, moreover, whether it is allowed to accept incoming, outgoing or both connections.
Please change back to the former situation! Thanks.