ZoneAlarm Overview

ZoneAlarm is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Anti-Malware Tools. It is most often compared to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: ZoneAlarm vs Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

What is ZoneAlarm?

ZoneAlarm protects you by preventing hackers from remotely accessing and controlling your device, and lets you know which apps have excessive permissions so you can decide whether they threaten your privacy.

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ZoneAlarm Customers

Terma, Optix, Samsung Research Amercia, SF Police Credit Union, Independence Care System, Mattias Thomsen, Carmel Partners, Desert Research Institute, CRIF, FXCM Inc, US State Agency

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about ZoneAlarm pricing:
  • "We use the free version of the software, but it can be upgraded to the paid Extreme Security edition."
  • "This is a freeware product and I recommend using it."

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Oleg Pekar
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A regularly-updated and cost-effective way to secure against BYOD threats

What is our primary use case?

We use ZoneAlarm Antivirus with Firewall software for protecting the Bring-Your-Own-Devices that our employees take to the offices, and for a limited number of teams only since it is not an approved corporative standard software yet. In total, there are about 150 laptops of different kinds with several generations of the Windows operating systems running ZoneAlarm. Currently, we use the Free version of Zone Alarm and not the Extreme Security edition. As for the free solution, ZoneAlarm provides good security capabilities. We use both Firewall and Antivirus, with regular scans and updates… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Personally, I find the Game Mode of the Firewall very useful."
  • "Some of our users say that the interface is a little bit outdated for 2020, and want it to be more modern and cozy."

What other advice do I have?

I strongly recommend ZoneAlarm as a simple but efficient solution, especially if your organization doesn't have a dedicated budget for providing a security solution for BYOD devices. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall is a good choice for protecting Windows-only environments on the user PCs, but you should also have network-layer protection.
Kirtikumar Patel
Network Engineer at LTTS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Cost effective, regularly updated, and is very easy to use

What is our primary use case?

We are using ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall for our employees who have BYOD devices. It is implemented at our one small branch office, where we do not want to purchase it because this is a temporary location. This is a free version that lets us protect our users with CheckPoint security. ZoneAlarm provides us with very good security and we are using both of the modules. This includes antivirus as well as firewall features, and it is very easy and stable for us. We are doing regular scanning of our employees' BYOD devices and it's updated regularly.

Pros and Cons

  • "This antivirus is regularly updated, and the updates can be scheduled."
  • "Currently, the client is only available for the Windows Operating System but it would be good if it were released for Mac OS as well."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a great solution and I personally recommend it.
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