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Windows XP Networking Guide : Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall replaces Internet Connection Firewall found in the previous versions of Windows. In Windows XP SP2, Windows Firewall is turned on by default. With Windows Firewall, you can block unauthorized access to your computer when it is connected to the Internet or a network. You still can allow certain programs and services - that you trust - to access your computer. However, Windows Firewall does not provide the options to filter outbound connections.

Windows Firewall

Picture: Windows Firewall

In Windows XP SP2, Windows Firewall is part of the integrated security system offered by Windows Security Center. Windows Security Center manages security setting of Windows Firewall, Internet Options, and Windows Automatic Updates. It constantly checks whether Windows Firewall is on and an alert message will be displayed if it is turned off. It also monitors your antivirus software to ensure that it is always up to date.

You can get to the Windows Firewall through:
1) Start>Control Panel>Security Center>Windows Firewall, or
2) Start>Control Panel>Windows Firewall, or
3) Start>Control Panel>Network Connections>Network Tasks>Change Windows Firewall settings, or
4) Start>Connect To>Show all connections>Network Tasks>Change Windows Firewall settings, or
5) Start>All Programs>Accessories>Communications>Network Connections>Network Tasks>Change Windows Firewall settings, or
6) Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Security Center>Windows Firewall, or
7) My Network Places>View network connections>Network Tasks>Change Windows Firewall settings.

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