What are Firewalls?
Personal Firewall programs are inserted between the personal computer and the connected network, and monitors inbound and outbound internet traffic. It can block unwanted probes and the activities of virus and worms, but if it is not carefully configured, it can also block traffic that is needed by applications you use everyday, including the traffic used to log in to ResNet and the Wireless Zone. The College maintains strong firewalls on the network level, and unless you are sure you know how to properly configure your personnal firewall, it is best at this time to disable it. As of this writing (August 2004), Microsoft is providing a Personal Firewall with the Service Pack 2 patch. This firewall is activated when the patch is applied, but as configured by default, it will block many usefull applications, including the log-in to ResNet and the Wireless Zone. For instructions on how to disable the Windows Firewall, see our web site. IT Services will be testing this firewall and may provide a recommended firewall configuration that will work with all the applications used here on campus sometime in the future.