XP has a built-in desktop firewall, but it's turned off by default. To turn it on: Right click on
My Network Places,
Properties, right click on your connection (e.g. Local Area Connection), select
Advanced, and then click the box for
Protect My Computer.
And whatever you use for desktop security, be sure to test your system using any of the safe, free, online security scans. Be sure to follow any suggestions the sites make to close security holes detected by the tests. For example, there are excellent tests available at:this one.
11) Your Turn ...
Please use the discussion area to post your favorite tweak or tweaks. By the time we're done, we should have an awesome collection of real-world, real-life tweaks that can help make XP work just the way we want it to. Join in!