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windows firewall is it safe?


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#1 aliboy66

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:12 PM

Hi my OS is windows XP home sp3 i was using outpost firewall 2009 did not like it so now I'm using windows XP own firewall which is easier to use for me that is, is this good enough or do i need to use a different one? and which would you recommend there is 4 of us using this computer all with our own setting don't do much on the computer a bit of web search email stuff got Avast Antivirus spywareblaster.SUPERAntiSpyware threatfire Malwarebytes all free version or should i pay?. My kids do download music :scratchhead:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:08 PM

Windows firewall is just fine.
You have to remember though, that there is no perfect security program and they are only as good, as your computing habits.
If those are bad, nothing will protect you.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:03 PM

Hi -
Just to add to the reply from Broni -
Windows firewall may stop most incoming items , but it will generally not stop outgoing items from your computer -
I installed Comodo free firewall (not trying to sell it to you) as it works both ways - Going in and going out -

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:08 PM

Agreed, Windows firewall is a one way firewall, but I also understand, that for some less computer savvy people, some other firewalls are sometimes harder to handle, since they ask questions.
Some people won't know what to answer.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:14 AM

Windows XP firewall protects against port scanning but has limitations and it is no replacement for a robust 3rd-party two-way personal firewall.
  • The XP firewall is not a full featured firewall. Normal firewalls allow you to specifically control each TCP and UDP port but XPís firewall does not provide you with this capability. Instead, it takes a point and click approach to enabling or disabling a few common ports.
  • The XP firewall does a good job of monitoring, examining and blocking inbound traffic but makes no attempt to filter or block outbound traffic like most 3rd-party personal firewalls.
  • Thus, the XP firewall does not identify which programs attempt to initiate outbound network or Internet communications nor does it block the traffic when suspicious activity occurs.
    • This feature can be helpful in preventing many types of malware attacks that may attempt to open ports or communicate with outside servers without the user's knowledge or consent. It also means that if your system has been compromised, a hacker could use your machine as part of a distributed denial of service attack.
  • By default, Windows Firewall rejects all incoming traffic unless that traffic is in response to a previous outgoing request. If you're running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Firewall is turned on by default. If your Firewall is not turned on by default, then your using an unpatched OS and need to update your system to SP2.
  • The XP Firewall is intended for novice users as it is easy to configure and does not require technical user interaction like many third-party firewalls.

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