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How To Use The Windows XP Firewall Program

Windows XP has an Internet Security feature that was first known as the Internet Connection Firewall. With Service Patch 2, this feature was renamed as the Windows Firewall and it provided extra security protection for any computer that is connected to the Internet. After Service Patch 2 or Service Patch 3 is installed, Windows will reboot and display its recommendation of enabling the Firewall for all your network related devices. Therefore, if you chose not to enable the Windows Firewall during this time, this technical brief will show you how to enabled it for all your dial up, wireless and local area network connections.

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Using The Windows Firewall Program (Service Patch 2 or 3)

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the Network Connections icon to open the Network Connections window.
  6. Then Right Click on either your Dial Up, Wireless or Local Area Network Connection.
  7. Then click on Properties from the pull down menu that appears.
  8. Now click on the Advanced tab located at the top of the screen.
  9. Locate the Windows Firewall section and click on the Settings button.
  10. Now use your mouse to choose the: ON (Recommended) setting option.
  11. If you are an advanced user or system administrator you can click on the Exceptions button.
  12. This will allow you to enable the use of applications and services through the firewall.
  13. If you are not an advanced user, then simply click the OK button to save your settings.
  14. Then close all the Network Properties windows to return back to your Windows session.
  15. You can repeat the above procedure for all your Dial Up, Wireless and Local Area Connections.
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