Manage Windows Firewall – Basic setup

Windows firewall is enabled by default. Although it is disabled on most devices I have seen, because of opinion it is unnecessary and that slows down performances, Windows firewall is required tool in order to disable unauthorized access to your device.  In this tutorial I will show basic setup.

First, if you really want to disable firewall right click on Start button and select Control panel (Slide 1).

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 1.

On Control panel select Windows Firewall icon (Slide 2.).

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 2.

As you can see, firewall is enabled for both, Private and Public network. By default you will be notified when Windows Firewall blocks application. You can change settings to block all incoming connections including allowed applications, or you can disable firewall, for Public or Private network, or for both in the same time (Slide 4).

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 3.

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Both above mentioned options are to radical. You should leave firewall enabled but with allowed applications. In order to to so, select Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall (Slide 5.).

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 6.

On next window you will see default list of allowed and prohibited applications, where you can add more applications selecting Allow another app… (Slide 7.). Browse applications selecting Browse and then select network type (Private or Public). Finally select Add.. (Slide 8).

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 7

Manage Windows Firewall - Basic setup

Slide 8.

Advanced settings will be covered in one of next tutorials.

That`s it, keep an eye on www.it-tutorials.net as we will continue with more tutorials . On our website you will find a lot of tips and tricks for any IT field !

Dejan Dzodan

Dejan Dzodan

IT professional for more then 15 years, mostly in financial institutions but with experience in ISP and retail. Proven in networking and overall infrastructure projects. Cisco instructor.

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