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Perhaps if firewalls were renamed, “personal identity insurance,” more people would realize need to own it! So, does Windows firewall do job? While it will block incoming attacks, it will not block programs already installed on your computer from sending information out.
Many downloads you agree to will have spyware attached, and spyware often “phones home” with information about user. Windows XP firewall will not stop this which is why computer experts suggest that for maximum protection you should go with a full firewall protection like ones offered by Zone Labs, Norton and McAfee in lieu of XP’s.
John Lenaghan writes about solving computer problems for the Computer Help Squad website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about internet security, computer upgrades and other computer related topics.