47. Configure the WindowsXP
SP 2 Firewall
Windows XP's Service Pack 2 contains a considerable
upgrade to the operating system's built-in firewall software.
For one thing, the
firewall is enabled by default, unless you have another form of software
firewall installed on your PC such as Zonealarm. The new version of the firewall
also contains more flexibility, and watches out for some new threats and
To configure the SP2 Windows XP firewall go to
'start\control panel\windows firewall.'
If the firewall is enabled, it will be 'on' here. The
'don't allow exceptions' option allows no internal software to accept outside
Exceptions, as accessed by the 'exceptions' tab, allow
certain programs installed on your computer to accept connections from the
Internet which would otherwise be blocked by the firewall. You can choose 'add
program' to add any application from a list of all that are installed on your
PC. Once checked, this program can act as though the firewall did not exist.