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Old 03-21-2003, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am migrating to a HS Cable connection tomorrow and was wondering if a firewall is needed or does XP provide built in protection. Am a little long in the tooth and Technologically challenged at present. So any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 03-21-2003, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hmm well i know my xp pro hase a built in firewall but u have 2 activate it, but personally i dont really trust it all that much i have Norten firewall it only cost me like 30 ish and its doing a good job but 2 activate the built in xp firewall u have to......

control panel>network internet connections>network connections>Right click on the icon, click properties>go to the advanced tab and click the checkbox{it sais sumthen like "Protect my computer and internet by limiting or preventing acces to the internet"}

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Dont use the XP firewall. It will do nothing but cause you headaches. I dont really even use one much, except when testing out new microsoft apps.

Truth is, if a hacker wants in your system that bad, he will get in. Firewall or not.
\"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I\'m not sure about the former.\"- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Old 03-21-2003, 01:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree Ecniv...if a hacker wants in on my system, he's going to find a way.

But it's not the hackers that I'm trying to keep out...

it's the ScriptKiddies!

there are two simple solutions for basic computer security. you can purchase a hardware solution, where the firewall is built into the router/modem. This method is simple and easy to maintain. Your other solution is in software, such as ZoneAlarm or Tiny Personal Firewall. These programs are very functional but require a bit more work to set up.

I would not recommend the firewall that comes built in to XP. It does a really good job of monitoring incoming traffic, but it doesn't make par with outgoing traffic. So if that virus/trojan comes in through, say, email then it can open up ports for someone to come in on its own.
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Old 03-21-2003, 06:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ya, well personally i just keep my firewall on so all those ppl doing random port scans cant find any open ports but ya i agrea the built in firewall in xp was annoying.
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