dotTech Promo: Free 1 year licenses of Outpost Security Suite Pro! [72-hours only]

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As a long-time fan and user of Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall, I am glad to announce for the next three days dotTech and Agnitum have teamed up to bring dotTechies free 1 year licenses of Outpost Security Suite Pro!

Software Description

The following is a list of Outpost Security Suite Pro features, as per the developer:

  • Anti-Malware module (Anti-Virus + Anti-Spyware) with greater detection accuracy
  • Two-way firewall for secure network connections
  • Proactive Protection module to preemptively block unknown and zero-day threats
  • SmartDecision technology to facilitate secure decision-making
  • Web control with fast web content filtering to protect your PC from web-borne threats
  • Anti-spam to automatically keep your inbox junk-free
  • System and Applications Guard to keep installed software and OS protected
  • Self-protection technology to maintain continuity of protection
  • The 4th generation of SmartScan optimization technology for fast subsequent malware scans
  • USB virus protection to prevent malware which spreads via USB devices
  • Program activity tracker to review file and registry activity in real time
  • Entertainment mode (for games and video) and Auto-Learn 2.0 (for beginners)

More detailed information can be found in Outpost’s data sheet.

dotTech Advice

Anyone that has followed dotTech for a while knows I am a huge fan of Outpost Firewall: Outpost Firewall has been featured as dotTech’s choice of best free firewall and I personally use Outpost Firewall Pro to protect my computer. Outpost Security Suite (which has a Free and Pro version; Outpost Security Suite Free has replaced the now-depreciated Outpost Firewall Free) is a product that takes Outpost Firewall and builds upon it by adding more features such as anti-virus/anti-malware protection. More specifically, as you can see in the features listed shown above, Outpost Security Suite Pro’s main features are firewall, anti-malware, zero-day threat, web surfing, and anti-spam protection.

If it isn’t obvious by now, let me put it plainly: In my book Outpost Firewall is one of the best, if not the best, firewalls out there. However, I am not as convinced with the anti-malware features of Outpost Security Suite Pro. It is not that the anti-malware features of Outpost Security Suite Pro are crap; they aren’t: Outpost Security Suite Pro continually gets the Virus Bulletin VB100 award, which shows it is a viable option for anti-malware protection. Rather, I feel there are better anti-malware software out there.

As shown in Virus Bulletin’s RAP tests, Outpost Security Suite Pro (which uses Virus Buster’s signatures) is running with the big boys but falls in the middle of the pack as opposed to the top. Of course VB’s RAP tests is only one benchmark; other tests by a different company may paint a slightly different picture. My point is I personally feel more comfortable running Outpost Firewall alongside other anti-malware programs (such as Avast) as opposed to letting Outpost handle all my protection; and the cool thing about Outpost Security Suite Pro is it allows you to do just that. If you don’t want to use all the modules/protection of Outpost Security Suite, you can easily enable/disable the modules/protection you don’t want. For example, with Outpost Firewall Pro I have the anti-spyware and web control modules disabled because I allow Avast to provide that protection for me. This robustness and willingness to play well with others is just one of the reasons why I enjoy Agnitum products.

Overall, to sum up my advice, grab this great freebie while it is available. If, like me, you only want to use Outpost Security Suite Pro for its firewall, you can do that; if you want to use it for all its features you can do that, too.

Freebie Details

For the next 72-hours dotTechies can get 1 year, 1 PC licenses of Outpost Security Suite Pro for free! These licenses have no shelf-life, so you need to use them as soon as you get them. Officially, I am told you should activate the licenses before this giveaway is over.

To get a 1 year license of Outpost Security Suite Pro for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v7.5

Free updates: Anti-malware database signatures and engine updates are free; program updates are not

Supported OS: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows (Windows 7, Vista, XP; Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2003).

Supported e-mail clients for anti-spam protection: Microsoft Office Outlook (2010 and earlier), Windows Mail, Outlook Express, The Bat!

Download size: 90-105 MB depending on if you download the 32-bit or 64-bit version

Giveaway time-frame: This giveaway is available until August 18, 2011 24:00 PST. After this giveaway is over, you will not be able to grab a 1 year license of Outpost Security Suite Pro for free from dotTech.

Note: This promotion is available to everyone – everyone may get it for free. However, this is a dotTech.org promotion. Please do not copy and paste the promotion code and promotion page to any other website, server, file hosting services, etc. If you want to spread information about this offer, you may link to this article by providing a permalink (alternative permalink) to your audience. If you respect our wishes, we will be able to continue to bring you great freebies. If you don’t, we have no incentive to continue our promotions and they may stop.

Promotion code: 2B744-K9BR4-4CSK4-WWWG4-SS4L3

  • Once you register, you will be provided with the registration key you need to use to register Outpost Security Suite Pro:

Keep this key safe; you will need it to register Outpost Security Suite Pro in order to get the free 1 year license. I suggest copy + pasting it into a text file or e-mailing it to yourself. (Take note: After installing Outpost Security Suite Pro you will be asked to restart your computer. If you simply copy the registration key and don’t save it anywhere, you will lose the registration key once you restart your computer. So be sure to store it in a safe place!)

  • Download (32-bit version | 64-bit version) and install Outpost Security Suite Pro.
    • Update: The registration key provided will only work with the version of Outpost Security Suite Pro that comes from the download links I just provided. (These are the same download links found on the promotion page — you can download from there, also.) You will not be able to register Outpost Security Suite Pro if you download it from anywhere else.
  • After installation you will be asked to restart your computer. You don’t have to, but I suggest you do.
  • After you restart your computer (or if you don’t restart your computer), run Outpost Security Suite Pro and register it from the settings menu using the registration key you were provided earlier:

Note: Be sure to enter the registration key’s whole block of text exactly as it appeared on the webpage, including all the line breaks. Best way to do it is copy + paste.

  • Enjoy!
  • (Optional) As a way of thanking Agnitum for this freebie, please provide them with feedback regarding their software in the comments below. Feedback can be anything including but not limited to bugs fixes, desired features, desired changes, ways to improve the program, input on the current price, etc.

If you have any trouble getting this freebie, please post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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42 comments

  1. Frank

    another important hint for those who use the above offer:
    The license key provided does NOT work with your version! You NEED to download the (latest) regular version of Outpost.
    @Agnitum: This is pretty bad behavior!! I understand/accept, that the free key does not work in other/newer versions. But the paid key HAS TO work in any version of your software!!!

    Frank

  2. Frank

    I got an eMail today that explains above questions.
    The whole thing seems to be a clever marketing strategy. They do offer a 2yr license for US$ 16.24 (which I feel is not unfair, though the way to interest people is kind of):

    Dear User,
    Thank you for participating in the Outpost Security Suite Pro giveaway!
    We really appreciate your interest in Agnitum’s all-in-one Internet security product, with its high-speed performance and acclaimed online threat detection.
    As a part of our global campaign to make going online safer and more cost-effective for you, we have a great new offer for you:
    Get a 2-year license for Outpost Security Suite Pro 7.5
    75% OFF the original price of $64.95 — now ONLY $16.24
    Please note that, with your current version of Outpost Security Suite Pro, you are entitled to one technical support request. Free upgrades are NOT available with your current product.
    Get the Outpost Security Suite Pro 2-year license
    and benefit from:
    [...]
    You’d be crazy to miss this one-time offer — Get your extended license NOW!

    Sincerely,
    Your Agnitum Team
    Taking Care of Your Security
    http://www.agnitum.com

  3. Frank

    @Ashraf: You wrote that the license works only with the software version from the promo page.
    A new version of Outpost (7.5.1) is out now, which MUST be downloaded (no in-app-upgrade :( ) Does that mean we cannot upgrade to 7.5.1??

    Thanks, Frank

  4. Frank

    @Agnitum: A network rule for 127.0.0.0/8 is sincerely missing!!! You’re blocking all trafic in/at localhost which makes some software not work anymore :(
    I created one myself, but that has IMHO to be a preset in a good firewall!

  5. Frank

    Thanks, Ashraf.
    Regarding the registration: One MUST only put the cryptic key (until the ==) into the box or it won’t work.
    This is bad work from Agnitum. It should be easy to issue a license key that can be inserted with [whatever] surrounding it and recognizing it from the software.

    Yours, Frank

  6. David.St

    @ Ashraf
    @ Agnitum
    Hello,
    I’ve never tried this software. In general, I prefer to have an “independent” Firewall .
    But it’s an opportunity to test it on my netbbok.
    Above all, I loved that Russian society during the 2000s, I think this excellent antispyware called “Tauscan”. It was a marvel!!!
    Thank you dear friend & thanks again to the Agnitum company.
    PS.
    Too bad that your offer is posted on a bunch of blogs without following your legitimate restrictions…

  7. hardy

    @ Alan in #12

    (I apologise if this is posted more than once as it is not showing up when I click the “Post Comment” button

    Hi Alan

    Your Router firewall doesn’t protect you from anything happening from the inside of that firewall to your pc.

    For example

    1. do you own a mobile phone; do you ever connect your phone to your pc via USB cable, Bluetooth?
    If you do then hey presto that is just one route into your pc behind the router’s firewall.

    2. Have a laptop? Do you ever connect that direct to your pc? Route 2!

    3. Do you ever connect another laptop to your pc say to transfer stuff for a friend, by wifi, Bluetooth, Usb? Route 3!

    4. iPad, iPod, MP3 player, Dvd player? Route 4, 5, 6, 7! And that’s without even counting the CDs DVDs, camera and phone cards etc etc

    8. If your pc is on a home network or not, every pc and every device in your local network or any device that is capable of being plugged into that network BEHIND your router firewall is a possible transfer source of problems to your pc if you do NOT have your own personal firewall installed, switched on and up to date on your pc.

    I hope this explains it a bit more clearly, because unless you know 100% that every single piece of equipment including memory cards and usb drives plugged into your network and pc are totally safe then you need a personal firewall

    and that tends to mean everyone nowadays!

  8. Teo

    Thanks Ashraf, great promo!!!

    Q/ Now I am with COMODO free, I found it to try to connect to Comodo’s IP every 5min (in/with COMODO within I am switched off it’s any updates & any connections, blocket that IP, blocked Comodo to go to Internet…!!!) and it try to connect again – so blocked Comodo to do that with ANOTHER firewall… So tel me Is that a good firewall when have to block it with another app!?!
    Has Autpost these “problems” or not?
    I was wit Aoutpost Firewall for long time before & was OK.

  9. Spitfire

    Wont let me install,it detects drivers from previous version and asks me to uninstall first.However,a previous version has never been installed.Anyone got any suggestions how I can overcome this as I really want to give this software a try.

  10. Raven

    Does NOT work with Avira Premium.My computer would not boot after I installed Outpost.I had to go back to “last known good configuration”.Looks like I am not going to be able to use it after all :-(

  11. Ccw7268

    I am trying the anti-malware scanner. Scan is 3 quarter finished on an older XP sp3 dell system. It has marked 4 threats which all have the same title “Packed/PECompact” (Packer) what I considered safe…Horizon icon program, JPG2PDF, Wise Disk Cleaner, and Adobe Shockwave. I always trust Ashraf’s opinions but in this case I’m not for sure if I have a problem or if it is reporting false positives. Thanks

  12. Torymon

    I agree with Tommy, Comodo Firewall Free is the best I’ve found, that and Microsoft Security Essentials
    pretty much covers my system.
    I had Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall (prev. GAOTD offering) for a year and when it was done, not only was
    I ready to get rid of it, it played nasty with my system and I still haven’t got all my systray icons back!
    Like my volume control icon (Windows XP Pro SP3), ever since I un-installed Outpost, I have to…
    Control Panel, Sound control and devices, un-click ‘show volume control, click ‘apply’, click ‘show volume
    control’ and click ‘apply’ and ‘ok’. It does something to the registry that messes with your computer.
    Ashraf, you say Outpost is the best… makes me wonder, it also seemed to slow my internet connection
    somewhat. I get better throughput with Comodo! Leo Notemboom said to forget all the stand alone
    anti-virus and anti-malware and use the all-in-one Microsoft Security Essentials (I AM NOT pro MS!).
    Just curious what you think about Comodo!
    Thanks for the offer tho’!

  13. ZappedSparky

    I’ve just started using Outpost firewall after spending months with a Firefox+Vista+Zone alarm issue. When Zone alarm started that scareware nonsense I jumped ship. After the usual period of Outpost “learning” my system I must say I like it, can’t tell it’s running (no impact on my system, and yes it is running, I checked :)).

    I’ve suffered no network issues like an intermittent or dropped connection, any alerts are quite infrequent and detailed info is available.

    One thing I haven’t tried is the anti-malware scanner, it was disabled on my system due to an incompatibility with AVG, that may have been fixed with an update since so I’ll have to try it.

    Overall 10/10, yes I think it’s that good,and I recommend it for everyone. Even if my opinion means zilch I still say grab it while you can :).
    Thank you Ashraf and Agnitum!

  14. Grr

    Thanks a lot Ashraf.
    You could have posted an image of the promo code to try stopping it from being copied to some extent.

    As of now “THIS” promo code is having 15 Google search results, even some sites/blogs have posted the promo + the license – with absolute no mention of dottech….do u plan to take some action?????

    Thanks,
    Grr

  15. Francis

    Ashraf I just simply want to konw if I can use this key whenever I wish ?
    , because I have vipre av and Online armore pre.combined protection propped up by zemana.
    Thanks in advance for reply.

  16. Mags

    @Alan W:

    This provideds added protection. There are hackers that can bypass a routers firewall.

    As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been a huge fan of Agnitum’s Free Outpost Firewall for many, many years (going back to the original free firewall.) I have always used it except for the period when it didn’t work in XP. I was never satisfied with any of the other firewalls I tried (except Comodo v. 2.X, but when they upgraded to v. 3.X that ended my satisfaction with it.)

    I would highly recommend Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall to everyone. If your happy with it, then keep it, when the 1 yr license runs out and you don’t want to pay to continue then revert to the Free Version.

    If you don’t like the paid for version, then try the free version. Trust me you won’t regret it.

  17. Blue Bird

    FWIW, before I found Avast I was constantly changing my security setup; dissatisfied by either performance, interface or system impact. Since switching to Avast and learning to trust my hardware firewall, I’ve not only stopped this merry-go-round (it’s been over a year since I switched to Avast; a record for me), but I’ve remained *more* virus-free than at any time in the past AND with virtually no performance hit or security program-caused problems.

    This new version of Outpost MIGHT be much better than previous versions which were slow, cumbersome, & problem-filled AND it might be better than what I have now, but I will never know: Avast-free and a hardware firewall work just fine for me & I encourage others to try it, as well.

  18. Raven

    I have tried Outpost in the past and liked it.Being unemployed/disabled though I tend to use free software If I can get it which is why when the free license I had ran out I stopped using it.But now I get to use it for a year FREE!!! Thank you Agnitum AND Ashraf

  19. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Daniel: I don’t know; and why would you want to do that? You are trying to cheat a company that already provides very good freeware version of their software…

    @Graham: Please make sure you are doing it properly. It worked for me earlier and I just checked again and it works. Please make sure: 1) You are not using the promotion code as the registration key. The promotion code is only used to get the registration key. You need to use the registration key shown to you after you register 2) You are entering the whole registration key just as it is shown (in the block format it is shown). Simply copy + paste it in. Make sure there are no extra spaces before or after.

    Let me know if that helps.