Firewall in Windows® XP®
Do you want to know about the tips to enable firewall in your Windows XP system?
Windows Firewall, before known as Internet Connection Firewall or ICF, is a protective border that monitors and restricts information that travels between your system and a network or the Internet. It delivers a line of defense against someone who might try to access your computer from outside the Windows Firewall without your permission. When your computer is connected to the web, it is vulnerable to a variety of security risks and attacks from malicious people or software. To protect your system running on Windows XP, Microsoft has an Internet Connection Firewall, which monitors all the traffic to and from your system, filtering out harmful connections. Windows XP's firewall is turned on by default, and it has features you could configure to suit your particular Internet use. When someone on the Internet or on a network tries to connect to your system, which is an unsolicited attempt. When your system gets an unsolicited request, Windows Firewall blocks the connection and the firewall will ask you about the access or denial of that particular website whenever you connect the system to the web.
Following are the features and tips to enable and use firewall in Windows XP system:
- Enable firewall
- Disable firewall
Firewall in Windows XP helps you to prevent malware from the system. This will stop malware only after seeking permission from you. So the chance of unexpected deletion of websites and thus the data loss can be avoided. This can be useful as a troubleshooting tool. The Windows XP firewall rejects unsolicited communications coming from the Internet, defending your computer from common hacking techniques like port scanning. You aren't notified about each of these faulty connections, as they could be numerous and distracting, but Windows XP's firewall keeps a log of them you could examine if you are interested.
To open firewall you need to go to the 'Control Panel' in the system. You could see the Windows Security Center. Then you need to select the 'Windows Firewall' option. If you have any doubt about the activation of firewall, then you could ensure this with this same path. Re-enabling of firewall is also recommended. For this you could use the recommendations in the Security Center option. There also you could see the 'enable now' option.
To disable firewall, you could follow the same path used in the enabling of firewall. There you could see the disable option also. By using the 'Netsh firewall set opmode disable' command in the command prompt you could disable firewall in the Windows XP system. You could disable firewall with the help of 'Services' in the system also. You could stop firewall from that services option.