COMPUTER TUTORIAL: #27; Helpful Hints #13
How to install a firewall
Firewall software sits between your computer and the Internet. It acts as a conduit, and you decide what external software can access your machine. Windows XP comes with a built-in firewall. Here are the steps to install it:
1. Open the Start Menu, right click on My Network Places and select Properties(at the bottom of the small window which appears).
The following window then appears:
Click on "Local Area Connection". A new window appears:
Local Area Connection
Click on "Properties" at the bottom and the following window appears:
Local Area Connection Properties
Here the "Connect Using:" should be filled in. If not, click on "Configure". The connection will also list the items used for this connection. All of these items should be checked. Click "Install" if none has been installed. Also put a check mark in the box "Notify me ..." at the bottom of the window. Click "OK" at the bottom. This will bring you back to the "Network Connections" window. Click on "Local Area Connection". This time when the window appears click on "Support". The following window appears:
You can click on "Details' and get some technical data. Click repair if there are problems. Click "Close" when you are finished. You are now back to "Network Connection". Click on it and this time in the "Properties" window click on "Advanced" and bring up this window:
Advanced tab Of local area connection
Click on "Settings" to get the following window:
Windows firewall - general
I would pass on "Exceptions" and "Advanced" at this time.
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