Could someone please tell me what programs are necessary to clear in ZoneAlarm (free ed.) for Access (trusted/internet) and Server (trusted/internet) permissions for best functionality on my XP box using IE and outlook? Other tips welcome.
This is difficult to answer, because I don't know what programs you are running. Having said that, I will say that I've not granted 'server' rights to any program. There are not many applications that need to "listen". This keeps ports open.
About Internet access, there are many programs that need access. Some include your browser, mail client, programs with updates like antivirus, GHP, etc. With Zone Alarm, you will get an alert when a program wants access. If you know and trust the program and access is needed for it to function, then grant access. If you do not reconize a program, always deny access until you know just what it is doing.
There is a learning curve, but if you put blue question marks in all your programs , you will learn what needs access. Remember, if you deny now, you can always allow later. As they say, better safe than sorry.
Also, turn off your XP firewall....two firewalls often conflict and your ZA provides more protection.
Hope this helps.