I have been trying out the personal edition of a security product called GesWall produced by Gentlesecurity, a company based in Luxembourg. I met the guys who developed GesWall. I decided to try the personal edition of the product and will also run tests on the server version.
The personal edition is really great and it protects my machine from intrusions and malware using an innovative approach: what GesWall does for me is to isolate suspicious applications and processes from the rest of my machine, allowing them to run without letting them impact the machine itself. I tried running BitTorrent and Skype in isolated mode; the applications run fine and anything they produce in terms of files stored on my machine will also be isolated by GesWall Personal Edition. Here’s a screenshot of BitTorrent running in isolated mode, while downloading music from Jamendo (of course). The files it saves on my machine are automatically isolated by GesWall; GesWall allows me to use those files in non-isolated mode.
In fact this product allows me to dynamically manage my machine’s security without requiring any updates of virus or malware data files, nor any complicated configuration from me as a user. Great stuff.