Guard Dog 3.0: Win9X review: Guard Dog 3.0: Win9X

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The Good Protects against unauthorized cookies; saves Web site passwords so that you don't have to remember them; blocks most banner ads.

The Bad Doesn't include a firewall to keep hackers from breaking in through your Net connection.

The Bottom Line Internet Guard Dog provides inexpensive protection if you connect to the Web via modem. But because it doesn't provide a firewall, cable and DSL users should look to Internet Security instead.

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McAfee Internet Guard Dog 3.0 protects against an array of Net pitfalls, including unauthorized cookies, lost passwords, and annoying banner ads. At a list price of $39.95, this utility is cheaper than Norton Internet Security 2000, but it lacks Norton's advanced firewall features. It can't protect your PC from hacker attacks. Guard Dog is a solid choice if you dial in to the Internet, but cable and DSL users should steer clear.

Note: McAfee just announced a Pro version of Internet Guard Dog that should include a firewall. The product is expected to ship around the end of May '00.
McAfee Internet Guard Dog 3.0 protects against an array of Net pitfalls, including unauthorized cookies, lost passwords, and annoying banner ads. At a list price of $39.95, this utility is cheaper than Norton Internet Security 2000, but it lacks Norton's advanced firewall features. It can't protect your PC from hacker attacks. Guard Dog is a solid choice if you dial in to the Internet, but cable and DSL users should steer clear. Note: McAfee just announced a Pro version of Internet Guard Dog that should include a firewall. The product is expected to ship around the end of May '00.

Confusing Configuration
Guard Dog is relatively easy to install, but it prompts you for a ton of personal information before you even finish the process. We're glad the program searches for important data in order to keep it secure, but we'd rather see the information setup after the configuration so that it's clear why the program asks for these nitty-gritty details. And Guard Dog's main control panel is confusing. It's so packed with option settings--four main categories, with subsections under each--that it's easy to get lost. For example, we had difficulty finding out how to edit a password.

Barks for Cookies
But Guard Dog's main task is keeping track of cookies and passwords and it performs that task well. As soon as a Web site issues a cookie (a little program that saves data, such as a password, on your computer) or requests one from your computer, Guard Dog barks to alert you. At that point, you either accept or reject the cookie. Of course, so many sites issue cookies, the barking reaches a din when you're surfing. Thankfully, you can instruct Guard Dog to always accept or reject cookies from your favorite sites. This stops the barking. Another nice tool, Password Manager, stores usernames and passwords for Web sites so that you don't have to remember each one, then lets you drag and drop them into place. Slick.

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Guard Dog 3.0: Win9X

Part Number: CGD0001NA300
MSRP: $39.00 Low Price: $27.99 See all prices

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  • Category security applications
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