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Beginners Guides: Firewall Setup and Configuration

Beginners Guides: Firewall Setup and Configuration - PCSTATS
Abstract: Firewalls are a necessity, but configuring them so that every internet-based program still works is often troublesome. With this guide, you can have your Firewall, and MSN File Transfers too.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jul 31 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Activating the Windows XP firewall

Enabling the XP firewall is extremely simple, happily enough.

Go to 'start / control panel / network and Internet connections / network connections' then right click on your Internet connection (which should be at the top of the page) and select 'properties.'

Now go to the 'advanced' tab and place a check the 'internet connection firewall' box.

Your PC is now protected by the Windows XP firewall.

 

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Essentially what this means is that the firewall runs as a process on your computer and examines all data coming into your system via the Internet connection. Unless the data was solicited, or is a specific approved kind (in other words, the data is received on a port that has been specifically opened in the firewall) it will be dropped.

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Now that the firewall is enabled, you can breath a little easier knowing your PC is protected. Consult the security and configuration section of this PCSTATS Guide for more details on configuring the XP firewall.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Firewall Setup and Configuration
 Pg 2.  — Activating the Windows XP firewall
 Pg 3.  Zone Lab: Zonealarm
 Pg 4.  Home Internet sharing device firewalls
 Pg 5.  Strengthening the pre-Service Pack 2 XP Firewall
 Pg 6.  Strengthening Home router firewalls
 Pg 7.  Allowing applications through a Windows XP firewall
 Pg 8.  Configuring Exceptions with the SP2 XP Firewall
 Pg 9.  Hosting with the Windows XP Firewall
 Pg 10.  Virtual Server Firewall Configuration

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