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By wilk3868 ·
can somebody run over the "how to enable" the firewall for me?....and does it help?
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Forget XP firewall

by TheChas In reply to windows xp firewall

My best recommendation, is to forget XP's built-in firewall, and download Zone Alarm instead.

www.zonelabs.com

XP's firewall is fairly week when compared to other firewall options.

Chas

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Just Curious

by MCS-1 In reply to Forget XP firewall

Brfore I start, I use a hardware firewall, so I'm neither pro/con when it comes to XP or Zone Alarm - I don't use either; just curious though in what I've seen.
To make a long story short - while doing an IP scan I will sometimes 'see' systems that are running Zone Alarm and I am unable to see systems using XP's firewall. Attempting to acquire a ZA system will only get me "connection refused" which is still good, but not even showing up on that list would of course be better. This was all done under lab conditions, and I have to admit there may have been a quirk or two, but it appeard that XP used a Tunneling Firewall system (which won't show up on an IP scan), and ZA simply used a brute-force blocking method, but still showed up on this scan.
To save argument I have just told people to use both. If they have a 'connection' problem, disable one or the other.

If you have any insight on the pro/con of XP vs. ZA great ... like I said, I don't use either one personally, but I have lots of customers who use one or both of these religiously.

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how to enable firewall

by klaushelpenstein In reply to windows xp firewall

right click on your dial up connection
then click properties
then click on advanced tab
then tick enable firewall

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Windows XP Firewall

by jullrich In reply to windows xp firewall

This is shown as part of this guide:

http://isc.sans.org/presentations/xpsurvivalguide.pdf
The guide is intented to show people how to get a new XP machine patched without having it infected. Enabling the firewall is part of this procedure.

For the impatient, the sequence:
- goto the control pannel (from your 'Start' menu)
- select 'Network and Internet Connections'
- select 'Network Connections
- select your network card (or modem I guess)
- in the 'Local Area Connection Properties',
select the 'Advanced' tab
- click the 'Protect my computer...' checkbox
- enjoy ;-)

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