Enable the Internet Connection Firewall Feature in Windows XP

Posted August 24, 2004 by mikejc in Windows security

Microsoft Windows XP provides Internet security in the form of a firewall, known as the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). This article discusses how to enable the Internet Connection Firewall feature to provide Internet security for your computer.

The Internet Connection Firewall is designed for home and small business use and provides protection for computers directly connected to the Internet. This feature is available for local area network (LAN) or dial-up connections. It also prevents scanning of ports and resources (file and printer shares) from external sources.

This feature is useful when you want to protect a dial-up connection when dialing directly into an Internet service provider (ISP), or to protect a LAN connection that is connected to an asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) or cable modem. You can also enable the Internet Connection Firewall feature on the Internet connection of and ICS host computer to provide protection to the ICS host computer.


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