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Enabling the Built-In Firewall in Windows XP

NOTE: You must be logged on as an Administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If you are not a local administrator for your workstation, please contact STSG.

  1. Open Network Connections:
    1. Select Settings|Control Panel from the Start Menu.
    2. Double-click Network and Internet Connections.
    3. Double-click Network Connections.
  2. Click the Local Area Network or ISP Dialup connection that you want to protect (inside the building this would be "Local Area Connection").
  3. In the upper left-hand Network Tasks box, Click Change settings of this connection under Network Tasks.
  4. On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select the
    Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box.Click for illustration

Note that enabling the firewall will disable Remote Access for your computer. If you use Remote Access to control your office computer from home, click here for instructions to reenable Remote Access.

NOTE: You must be logged on as an Administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If you are not a local administrator for your workstation, please contact STSG.

  1. Open Network Connections:
    1. Select Settings|Control Panel from the Start Menu.
    2. Double-click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the Local Area Network or ISP Dialup connection that you want to protect (inside the building this would be "Local Area Connection").
  3. Select Properties from the contect menu.
  4. On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select the
    Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box.
    Click for illustration

Note that enabling the firewall will disable Remote Access for your computer. If you use Remote Access to control your office computer from home, click here for instructions to reenable Remote Access.

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2004