Suggestion : Firewall Learning Modes

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Suggestion : Firewall Learning Modes

Provided F-secure has checked and found no malware on the host pc, is it possible adding a Firewall Learning mode where the firewall allows all connections and applications while it's on Learning Mode and makes rules for them, you know, something like calibrating the network without having to troubleshoot what's wrong with a certain safe app not connecting or something else network related not working.  ESET Smart Security has a feature like that, saves me the fuss of troubleshooting the network.

 

Since I mention ESET, they also have an interactive mode where every communication pops up an alert and you can create rules to allow or deny that communication.  It's not automatic as Learning Mode but it still saves me time from going around blind and it still gives more than enough control over the network.

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Former F-Secure Employee

Hi np1,

 

Thanks for your idea. We have investigated this in the past and based on our research implementing this in a reliable and easy to understand way is not viable approach. The applications can change the way they communicated over the internet and a firewall with learning mode would block those newly created network communications. Our approach has been to classify applications based on their reputation and behavior and not trying to restrict their network access to the minimum.

 

Regards,

Sami

Former F-Secure Employee
Status changed to: Future Consideration