Protect your internet connection by installing a firewall.
Just as the university network is protected by a firewall, users are now able to install personal firewall software on individual computers to restrict the flow of data that is both sent and received.
Use the firewall built into XP / Vista / Windows 7.
Microsoft Windows includes a personal firewall which will greatly enhance your computer security, and requires minimal configuration. Switching on the firewall is easy.
- Click on Start > Control Panel and double click on Network Connections
- Right click on your internet connection and select Properties
- Click the Advanced tab and then select the tick box for Protect my computer and network.....
- Click on OK to apply the settings
Earlier versions of Windows
If you're using a version of Microsoft Windows prior to XP, a number of personal firewalls are available which can be installed. A list of firewall software available is accessible via any search engine, for example, this list from the Yahoo! Web Site
Please note: Planning and Information (PLN) can provide no assistance in the installation and configuration of 3rd party firewall software installed on your home computer.