Ensure a firewall is running before going online! Connecting to the Internet has many advantages. However, it also exposes your computer to the possibility of intrusion and virus attacks. One of the major downfalls of the Internet is that there are people who dedicate their time to looking for ways to attack other unsuspecting users.
One of the ways that you can protect your computer against Internet attacks is to implement a firewall solution between the Internet and your computer and private network. This is becoming more and more important as people store personal information on their computers such as bank account numbers, credit card data, tax information, and so on. Not implementing a firewall makes this information accessible to attackers.
By implementing a firewall, you can close the door to your local computer and private network so intruders can not get in, but you can still get out.
If you are looking for a fast, easy firewall solution, you can take advantage of the Windows Firewall included with Windows Vista. The firewall should be enabled by default when Vista is installed. You can verify or re-enable the firewall using the steps listed below.
- Click Start and click Control Panel.
- Click the Security option.
- Click Windows Firewall.
- The Windows Firewall should be listed as “on”. If not, click Change Settings.
- Click On (recommended).
- Click OK.
[tags]windows firewall, vista, internet security, private network[/tags]