How to activate Windows XP's built-in firewall.

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Alasdair Baxter, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. To activate the Windows XP built-in Firewall:

    Click Start.
    Click Control Panel.
    If the heading "Pick a Category" appears, then choose the "switch to
    classic view" option on the left hand side.


    Next, double click "network connections". This should give you a list
    of all internet and network connections on your computer. Click the
    right mouse button on the relevant connection and choose "Properties".
    Select the "Advanced" tab. Select the option to "protect my computer
    and network", then click "OK".

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    Alasdair Baxter, Aug 14, 2003
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  2. Alasdair Baxter

    ML Guest

    XP's firewall is a nice defense, but it is practically a paper-thin sheet,
    compared to some of the other brick walls. One checkbox to protect? It
    should be a little more customizable than that, now shouldn't it?

    ML
     
    ML, Aug 14, 2003
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  3. Alasdair Baxter

    Paul - xxx Guest

    ML tried to scribble ...
    Why ?

    It's a 'free of charge' firewall that's there to provide minimal protection.
    It's _NOT_ meant to be a fully configurable firewall for anyone and
    everyone. If you're at all serious about _any_ security, you'll pay for
    exactly what you want .. ;)
     
    Paul - xxx, Aug 14, 2003
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  4. Alasdair Baxter

    why? Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes
    It's the MS not so secret ploy. It's designed to make you think that
    everythig you will ever need is supplied out of the box by one supplier.

    Fine examples are - Outlook, ICS, Firewall, IE, Paint, Image Composer
    and FP Express for a short list :)
    That's the issue, it's supplied by MS and why pay for something I
    already have, it's meant to work isn't it and keep my PC safe.

    The sad thing is they have been doing it since DOS 5.0 days like
    MSBackup. It was apalling, the previous version / Central Point (PC
    Tools) and the original were all good until MS made the included version
    crap. It's was easy to install each of these apps, check all the
    copyright info, see the common functions / menus / operation and all the
    advanced stuff dropping out until the neutered (highly distributed)
    version appeared.

    Same with the early MS AV tool, it was rubbish, 90+ failure rate. One
    thing it did do was left me with a lot of systems to repair and sales of
    other AV products went up.

    Lots of great tools vanished after MS licensed , reduced function
    versions people had something and stopped buying the others.

    Me
     
    why?, Aug 14, 2003
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  5. It monitors inbound traffic only.
    Huh? Sygate offer a free 'personal' firewall that's easily as good as
    any you'll shell out for. There are a whole slew of others: Mandrake,
    Outpost, Proxomitron, etc...

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    Monsignor Larville Jones MD, Aug 18, 2003
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  6. What's the point of calling it a 'firewall' when it patently isn't?
    It's a simple point: why package the OS with a 'firewall' that's not
    going to protect you, thus forcing you to download/purchase a
    functional firewall?

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    NuMbEr Tr3#3!!!!11! on a lits...

    "A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs,
    a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni,
    a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag
    again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut,
    a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal
    - Panama!"

    - Guy Steele Jr., CLTL2
     
    Monsignor Larville Jones MD, Aug 18, 2003
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