Installation and Use
The install was as easy as you could hope for. The management console likewise was intuitive, well designed and provided a clean top-level view of important security metrics. There are simple interface options for remote deployment to systems, remote malware scans, and access to protected computers.
Configuration changes of rules for protected computers operated much like other software firewall solutions in my experience. As I mentioned earlier, one of the product's differentiating features is their online ImproveNet directory of rules collected from users, redistributed for use as needed to product users to speed-up deployment.
I did not have a chance to performance test the product with a full penetration or denial-of-service test, nor did I have opportunity to test the AV and malware filtering. I would hazard a guess that the product is comparable with current software solutions for performance and efficacy in these areas. Dedicated hardware firewalls will always excel in the performance arena, but of course with an orders-of-magnitude higher price tag!
Uninstalling the product was also very quick and painless, leaving the test system in exactly the state it was in prior to the installation.