Windows® 2000 Firewall
How does the built-in firewall help in protecting Windows® 2000?
Windows® 2000 is an operating system manufactured by Microsoft® for personal computers, laptops, and servers. The operating system has been succeeded by a line of other Windows® operating systems. Windows® 2000 was released with four editions – Professional, Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server. The operating system comes with many features like Windows® Desktop Update, Internet Explorer® 5, and Outlook® Express. One another very important feature of Windows® 2000 is its in-built firewall.
The following points discuss firewalls in general and Windows® 2000 Firewall in particular:
- What is a firewall?
- How to turn on Windows® 2000 Firewall
- Reasons to disable Windows® 2000 Firewall
What is a firewall?
A firewall helps in restricting the access of hackers, cyber criminals, and spyware to your computer system. It is a software program or a component of a hardware program which is either manually installed or is, sometimes, pre-installed on the operating system. A firewall also protects your computer system and data from online threats while you surf the Internet or download data from any website. If you have more than one computer which you want to protect from various online threats and viruses, you should use a hardware firewall, like a router, to protect your network. Additionally, you should also use a software firewall on your system to protect it from viruses.
How to turn on Windows® 2000 Firewall
Though the firewall on the Windows® 2000 operating system is enabled by default, you can also turn it on by using ‘Control Panel’. First, navigate to ‘Control Panel’ of your computer system by clicking the ‘Start’ button and then the ‘Settings’ tab. Open ‘Windows Firewall’ which you will find inside the ‘Control Panel’, and then click it to switch on Windows® Firewall.
Though the in-built firewall does help in protecting your computer system from various online threats and viruses, it has one fault. The in-built firewall does not give you the option of knowing the details of the traffic or pages that are being filtered. This is one reason because of which you might want to disable it. Also, if you have installed another advanced firewall, you should switch off Windows® 2000 Firewall as it might interfere with the functioning of the installed software.