Originally posted by syringe
I realize that windows firewall is pretty basic and doesn't really let you tweak things, but is it pretty secure?
The Windows firewall was meant to be a simple firewall solution that could be implemented by the broadest user base possible. For 90% of the users, it is perfectly acceptable. For the last 10% who are security freaks who really want control over every bit gate, they should acquire a dedicated software firewall application.
The Windows firewall does a good job of filtering through most of the crap, and under normal circumstances, is plenty. If you do a lot of fooling around or are interested in an industrial firewall, the plain-beans Windows firewall is probably not for you.