Windows® XP firewall
A complete know-how of Windows® XP Firewall
Windows® Firewall, earlier known as Internet Connection Firewall or ICF, is a protective boundary that monitors and restricts information that travels between your computer and computers on a network or the Internet. This line of defense protects your PC by blocking communications that might actually be dangerous for your computer. Windows® Firewall is smart enough to allow connections from computers in your home and block possibly harmful connections from computers on the Internet. If you are running Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows® Firewall is turned on by default. However, some computer manufacturers and network administrators might turn it off.
The following points will further evaluate the effectiveness of Windows® XP Firewall:
- Working of Windows® XP Firewall
- Enhanced security
- Should Windows® XP Firewall be used with a third-party firewall?
Working of Windows® XP Firewall
Windows® XP Firewall blocks the connection of all the unsolicited requests to gain access into your computer. An unsolicited request is an attempt by some unknown source or person on the Internet or on a network to connect to your computer. If you run a program such as an instant messaging program or a multi-player network game that needs to receive information from the Internet or a network, Windows® XP Firewall asks if you want to block or allow the connection. If you choose to unblock the connection, Windows® XP Firewall creates an exception for that program so as not to bother you when that program needs to receive information in the future.
Your system can get enhanced security and protection with Windows® XP Firewall. It can keep the network path safe and secure. It also offers high-end protection against hackers and privacy intruders.
Adding a second firewall on the same PC can confuse things and make it difficult to identify any connection problems. This is because, personal firewalls require tweaking and configuration to make them as secure as possible without impacting your ability to communicate on the network.