After using the Windows Firewall for a long time, it might stop working as it should. Especially if you have fiddled with its more advanced settings and you did not really know what you were doing. As you can imagine, turning it off and on again won't work even though that may fix some simple computer problems. One thing that will work though is to restore the Windows Firewall to its default settings and start configuring it again from scratch. Here's how this reset is done:
How to use and configure the Windows Firewall in Windows 7 and Windows 8. How to manage how the network is used and by which programs.
Windows Firewall is a security feature built into Windows that helps block unauthorized access to your computer while permitting authorized communications to and from your computer. It has been improved in each new version of Windows. With Windows 8.1, this tool can filter both inbound and outbound traffic or set rules and exceptions, depending on the type of network to which you're connected. In this article we will show how to edit the list of allowed apps and features. You will learn to edit existing connection rules, add new apps to the list of exceptions or remove them from it.
The Windows Firewall has been included in each version of Windows for the last decade and it is a silent tool that keeps our systems safe from all kinds of network threats. Because it is a silent ally, doing most of its work in the background, few users interact with it on a regular basis and even fewer know what this tool is and how it works. That's why, in this article, we will explain what the Windows Firewall is, what it does, how to find it and how to enable it or disable it, depending on whether you want to use it or not.
Since we launched 7 Tutorials, we have tested lots of security products. Over the years, we learned a lot about what it means to provide a good security product and, we also learned that the Windows Firewall is one of the best firewalls available. Here are five reasons why we believe that the Windows Firewall is awesome:
This week in the Security for Everyone Series we look at the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials was released in September 2009 to differing opinions. In a short amount of time independent testing organizations identified Security Essentials as one of the most effective desktop security solutions available. In mid-December 2010 Microsoft released Security Essentials 2.0. In this review we will look at what has changed in the latest version.
Roughly one month prior to the release of Windows 7, Microsoft debuted its consumer antivirus and antispyware solution, Microsoft Security Essentials. This solution does not include a firewall which is understandable since Windows 7 does include one. Microsoft has a sketchy past with previous firewall incarnations that either left systems open for attack or did not provide the customization options that existed in commercial solutions. In this review I will take a closer look at the capabilities of Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows 7 firewall. I will try to determine if the software giant has managed to stroll into the desktop security space as a solid contender.
In a previous article, we talked about the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and its features. Now it is time to show you how to manage rules using this tool: how to create or delete a rule and how to enable or disable existing rules.
The Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is a tool which allows you a lot more control over the rules applied by the Windows Firewall to protect your computer. With it, you can tweak all properties of every security rule, define new rules or disable undesired ones. In this tutorial I will give you an overview of this tool and all the available features.