Internet Connection Firewall In Windows® XP
What is an Internet connection firewall. Discuss the tips to enable and disable the Internet connection firewall in Windows XP.
The firewall is an essential security software in your system. The Internet connection firewall is the latest firewall software included in Windows XP Operating System. You need to just turn on the firewall in the system and you can see the software protecting the system from all latest infections. This software is mainly designed for administrators. Administrator can use the Internet connection firewall to protect a single system connected to the Internet. It can also secure home network system connected to the Internet. You can establish a shared connection to the Internet using Internet Connection Sharing and then install the Internet connection firewall in the host system. It protects the home network efficiently. The firewall is useful in protecting the network against all incoming and outgoing traffic of the Internet. A proactive barrier is created between the network and the Internet. Thus, it keeps passing through user-desired traffic only. The Internet connection firewall becomes much useful while you connect the laptop using Wi-Fi. It is possible to enable and disable the Internet connection firewall as per your need.
Following are tips to enable and disable the Internet connection firewall in Windows XP:
- Enable using Network Setup Wizard
- Enable Internet Connection Firewall
- Disable Internet Connection Firewall
Enable using Network Setup Wizard
You can use the Network Setup Wizard to enable Internet connection firewall. For this, you need to access the Network Setup Wizard from your system and open the Control Panel. Double click the 'Network and Internet Connections'. Select the 'Setup or change your home or small office network' and can see the wizard. As you select the configuration in the Network Setup Wizard which indicates direct connection to Internet, the Internet connection firewall is enabled.
Enable Internet connection firewall
You can enable Internet connection firewall manually. For this, you need to open the Control Panel and in the Network Connection window, open up the Network Connections and right click the displayed connection. A Property window will be displayed. You need to checkmark the option to get the Internet connection firewall enabled.
You can also disable Internet connection firewall. For this, you need to go to the Start menu and in the Control Panel and select 'Networking and Internet Connections'. Click the Network Connections and connection for which the Internet connection firewall is to be disabled. You need to select the Properties of the connection. You can then clear the checkmark for the option 'Protect my computer or network' in the 'Advanced' tab. Close the window and you can see the Internet connection firewall disabled.
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