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Implementing A Firewall With Native Xp Controls


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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 06:42 PM

Once during a discussion of setting up Windows XP on another bulletin board (not actually a computer technical BB) this site was pointed out to me:

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~mchugha/w2kfirewall.htm

This is apparently a tutorial on how to use native Windows 2000/XP admin controls to implement a very secure firewall. Much tighter than the 'turn it on or off' thing we are all told to use. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Is it recommending that you do anything 'improper' with Windows system controls? Is it indeed as tight and secure as the various commercial third-party software packages called 'firewalls'? If so, the main downside would seem to be the very sparse and technical interface.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:10 PM

That was a very interesting read,

It would in theory make the computer very secure but at the cost of functionality, which can granted be increased only by opening a series of ports for the traffic to come in and out. each port you open someone can come through the port unless you block that persons IP,
the advantage of having a firewall is that it will check the packets and block the ones you don't want as defined by a series of rules and log the packet in question.

It is not recommending that you do anything improper with system controls.

You are right it would improve security, but only to a point. essentially blocking ports so as they are not connected to the internet, reduces traffic but hackers can still get through the open ports.

I don't think it is as tight as third party firewalls as they have the ability to log access block inbound and outbound access.
Regards,

Alan.




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