Once upon a time, ZoneAlarm was the best personal firewall available. It was free, stable and excellent. I seem to remember using it from 2002-2003 or so – then Zonealarm was acquired by CheckPoint and the product was lost to the retail market. CheckPoint moved the product to corporate desktops and was lost to the retail market.
Now, CheckPoint is returning to the retail market. Which is decidedly odd. CheckPoint has never been interested in doing anything for free or sharing at all. Their tech-support is legendary for being remote and unhelpful, their involvement in the security community has been accidental at best and the company exist in a an ivory tower of secrecy, paranoia and highly profitable firewalls that are hard to get rid of.
So, I wonder why CheckPoint is giving something away now ? What’s changed ?