There's this site, Shields Up which will test your vulnerability to attack click here > I was using Outpost but couldn't close/stealth one of the ports so I installed ZoneAlarm, I had to disable XP's own firewall to do it. HTH TR
Beas-Kneas & VoG, thanks for your comments. Have tried this but when I highlight my ISP (AOL) and right click I get the pick list but when clicking on "properties" nothing happens, curiously it also shows status as "disconnected" but I am on line!
When I click "change settings of this connection" under Network Tasks in the left hand column again nothing happens!
Yes, I don't know why, but I found it impossible to check properties of an AOL (7 this time) dial-up connection. This was on a friend's machine and I found dealing with AOL frustrating to say the least. There may be a way within AOL of checking.