In the notice above, Microsoft tells you that:
After you set up Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may discover that anyone on the Internet can access resources on your computer when you use a dial-up connection to connect to the Internet. For example, after creating an exception in Windows Firewall for File and Printer Sharing, you may discover that anyone can access shared files and printers.
You "may discover"?
"Honey, it looks like someone from the Internet has been rummaging through our files."
"How can you tell?"
"Well, there were muddy footprints leading from the network icon to the hard drive. Those Internet people just NEVER wipe their feet. Plus there are fingerprints all over our banking files and somebody left a half-empty can of Coke over by your passwords. Oh, and we keep getting spam - on our printer!"
Of course, this "only" affects dial-up users. So it's really nothing to worry about, because what hacker is going to have the patience to copy from your system at dial-up speeds? That's probably why Microsoft didn't feel it was any big deal.
That's the fun of using Microsoft: you never know what you "may discover" next!
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