Firewalls are critical components of computer security because they guard against malicious assaults and potentially dangerous inbound connections. Frequently, third-party vendors will contact computer users to sell their firewall software and explain its advantages. However, the majority of computer users do not need the installation of a third-party firewall and are quite content with the one currently installed on their machine. Three reasons why:
Windows is equipped with its own firewall.
If you have a Windows computer running XP SP2 or later, your machine already comes equipped with a robust firewall. Windows firewalls are more than enough to keep you secure while using your computer, particularly if your only concern is preventing dangerous inbound connections. Additionally, a comprehensive internet security package is often superfluous. As a result, you save on the expense and installation of a third-party firewall.
There is no pop-up window on the Windows firewall.
If you install a third-party firewall, you will have to suffer through a barrage of pop-up notifications telling you that the firewall is functioning properly—third parties want to ensure that you are receiving your money’s worth. However, the Windows firewall that comes pre-installed on the computer will not give you pop-ups, but will quietly run in the background. As a result, you’ll be able to securely browse the web and use your computer without being bothered by pop-up windows.
Windows has a variety of sophisticated functions.
Numerous third-party firewall vendors claim that their products provide security with a variety of sophisticated capabilities not available with basic Windows firewall software. While Windows firewalls do provide certain sophisticated capabilities, they are buried behind a more difficult-to-use interface. Thus, even if you are unaware, the Windows firewall will perform the same function as a third-party firewall in terms of blocking incoming connections.