Posts Tagged ‘built-in firewall’

Windows firewall – Overhead or additional protection?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Come to think of it, I usually avoid Windows firewall too …

Too many times the value of built-in firewalls may be overlooked. In this TechRepublic blog post, IT pro Rick Vanover explains pros and cons of using firewalls in the operating system.


In the course of administering servers, I’ve generally preferred to use firewalls via an appliance to dictate traffic patterns at the network level. Using firewalls, namely Windows firewall, that comes built-in with operating systems, I have generally preferred not to use. So much so, that I have committed to memory the command on modern Windows systems to disable the firewall service for all profiles: