[NCSA-discuss] firewall for WinXP
porter at trilug.org
Tue Sep 19 21:43:40 EDT 2006
> If you mean, can you put your Windows laptop on the Internet with a
> firewall blocking all ports, sure. The only thing it would prevent
> would be resource sharing (files, printing, etc).
And, of course, any services that you had installed on top of the base O/S.
Jeff, there's a lot of apps/services that listen on ports, not just
file/print sharing. These may be the only ones that are present in a
fresh install, but that's not a very realistic expectation for a server.
Joe, personally I would only run a Windows box behind a Linux firewall.
But that's just me. I'm sure there are several others who would say that
the built-in Windows firewall is as good as iptables, shorewall, or
whatever else you run under Linux.
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