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Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview - PCSTATS
Abstract: Once your PC is updated with Windows XP Service Pack 2 there are a few things you'll need to know about its new features and security options.
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Aug 17 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Programs and the new Firewall

The major difference is that The XP firewall is now program-based like the Zonealarm firewall. By clicking 'add program,' we bring up a list of installed software which can be selected to allow that program to open up ports and act as a server.

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This is a much better way of doing things than the previous 'service' configuration method, which required the user to know the port or ports that each application needed in order to allow them through the firewall. It's also much more intuitive for users not familiar with the operation of firewalls. An 'add port' button still exists, allowing users to specify custom ports to open.

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Also, with the 'change scope' button you can specify whether the exception you have just created should apply to all remote computers, just the ones on your network, or a specific group of IP addresses. This is necessary as the XP firewall now covers all network interfaces on the computer, not just the Internet connection.

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This brings us to the 'advanced' tab. The 'network connection settings' section allows you to specify custom settings for each separate network connection, apart from the main 'exceptions' list you saw previously. The implementation of this is a bit odd though, as when you select an interface and hit 'settings' you are presented with a list of 'services' which can be enabled or disabled and the option to create new ones or edit them.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Windows XP
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview
 Pg 2.  A New Firewall for WinXP
 Pg 3.  Upgraded Outlook Express Security
 Pg 4.  Testing the Firewall Coverage
 Pg 5.  Controlling Add-ons in IE
 Pg 6.  Email Protection Increased
 Pg 7.  WindowsXP Service Pack 2 in use - The XP Firewall
 Pg 8.  — Programs and the new Firewall
 Pg 9.  Windows Security System
 Pg 10.  Windows XP Service Pack 2 in use
 Pg 11.  Adjusting to Service Pack 2

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