Firewall Settings in Windows® 2000
How to configure firewall settings in Windows 2000 based PC?
Windows Firewall was introduced in Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000. It acts as monitoring and firewall utility between the system and any other network. It is enabled by default. Windows Firewall acts as a shield against the scammers, hackers and identity thieves and also helps in blocking malicious software. The malware blocking and security properties of Windows Firewall makes it a genuine security check for the system against online threats. The unsolicited traffic blocking capability of Windows Firewall makes the necessary programs to run well without any unnecessary attempts of connections to network. The default settings of firewall are for general purposes and therefore has to be customized according to the needs of user. The configuration process generally takes place in three windows that are general settings, exceptions and advanced settings.
Following are the ways to configure firewall settings in Windows 2000:
- General settings
- Exceptions and advanced settings
- Points to keep in mind
Windows Firewall general settings allows you to customize the firewall. There are two options: one is to enable the Windows Firewall which is selected by default and another option is to enable the firewall without allowing exception which provides ultimate protection to the system. It is usually enabled when antivirus software is not present in the system. The second option is to turn off the Windows Firewall. It makes the system highly vulnerable due to absence of protection against the malware and other online threats that can easily access the system.
Exceptions and advanced settings
Windows Firewall exception is for those programs that need a clear connection to external networks. To enable exceptions, the first step is to configure the notifications and then add exceptions for particular programs that you want to connect to the Internet without the firewall. Then, add the exception for the ports and edit them to complete adding exceptions and verify that the exception settings are applied. The advanced settings are divided into four sections. The network connection setting is used by advanced users to configure firewall for particular hardware connections. The security logging is for recording the successful and unsuccessful connections made through the firewall. The ICMP section of advanced settings is used to configure the parts of ICMP that are to be used through Windows Firewall.
Windows Firewall acts as a line of protection between your system and external networks. There are certain programs that will not run properly under improper customization of firewall. Therefore, the firewall configuration has to be done with atmost care. It is required to assign the right values for ports settings. 'Do not allow exception' box should be selected only under conditions when ultimate protection is needed. The faulty configuration may lead the firewall to adversly effect your system.
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