firewall should be on?

July 15, 2011 at 22:38:05
Specs: Windows XP
firewall should be on when we are browsing

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July 15, 2011 at 23:09:31
Thank you for that advice.

... or if you are asking a question, yes it should be!

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July 16, 2011 at 08:19:17
Unless you have a specific need to turn it off, and it had better be a good one, the firewall should be on at all times.

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July 17, 2011 at 20:28:04
Absolutely you should have a firewall on your computer. The one in Windows XP is pretty poor though because only only protects from incoming connects. You should consider getting either Comodo Firewall Free or the free copy of Zone Alarm. Both provide 2-way protection, as do Windows Vista & 7.

Comodo can be a little annoying for a few weeks as it learns what programs you trust, but it's also very powerful and has a lot of customization options. During installation, make sure you un-check the option to install the supplement Comodo anti-virus. Also make sure you disable the Windows Firewall because you should only have 1 firewall running at a time.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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