Turn It On - Windows Personal Firewall
Microsoft Windows has included basic Personal Firewall
software so that you can help protect your computer against
attacks from the Internet. If your computer is connected
to the Internet, you should turn this feature on (unless
you have purchased a more robust third-party).
The steps to turn on Windows Personal Firewall, Go
to and open Control Panel (click Start -> Control Panel),
then open Network and Internet Connections, and then Network
Connections. Find your connection to the Internet (for
instance, under Dial-Up), right-click it and choose Properties.
In the box that appears, click the Advanced tab. In the
top section, check (click) the box next to "Protect
my computer and network by limiting or preventing access
to this computer from the Internet." Click OK, Now
you've made your computer just a little more inaccessible
to the bad boys. WinXpFix.com
How to Check your Personal
Firewall Status Tip!
In the previous tip, you turn on Windows's Personal
Firewall feature. But once you turn it on, your connection
looks about the same as it did before. You need to check
the status of the connection and the firewall.
Go to and open Control Panel from the Start Menu, open
Internet and Network Connections, then Network Connections.
By default the view is of large icons. Click the View
Menu, and choose "details" in order to reveal
several more columns of information about the connections
that your computer has. Check the Status column to see
if your connection is currently connected, and whether
or not it is "firewalled." You can even drag
the column headings around or remove entire columns by
right-clicking the column heading and unchecking it. WinXpFix.com