Configure Firewall in Windows® 7
Discuss the various techniques to configure firewall in Windows 7?
Windows Firewall is a software that monitors the network traffic of a computer. Windows Firewall can be configured for incoming and outgoing traffic. Windows Firewall blocks the virus and worms from reaching your computer, but it may not detect or disable the virus if it is present in your system. A firewall helps to monitor all incoming and outgoing network traffic and may be configured to block certain types of data. It would block the connections to the programs which are not in the list of allowed programs and would allow you to configure the settings of each network separately. Firewall in Windows allows checking the information related to the network; and depending upon the firewall settings it would block or allow the data to pass via computer.
Following are some of the techniques to configure firewall in Windows 7:
- Block certain websites
- ‘Allow a program’ Setting
- Configure ports in firewall
Block certain websites
For security reasons, network managers on TCP/IP networks want to restrict external access to their networks. This restriction and filtering job is done by 'firewalls'. TCP/IP security firewalls may be configured in a way that sometime it does not allow to access certain useful websites. Due to this blocking of websites, you may not be able to get some of the websites which you need to work on.
‘Allow a program’ Setting
Some programs may need to communicate with Windows Firewall. Since the Windows Firewall is a software, you may have to configure it. You can create exceptions for the Windows Firewall. You need to click on ‘Allow a program or feature’ in the Windows Firewall window. So when the program tries to access the firewall, it will not be blocked.
If you are not able to access certain websites, then you may resolve these problems by manually setting certain settings. You need to open the 'firewall' from control panel and select an option called 'add port'. After enabling that port in the firewall, you may get access to these ports. By installing certain updated Antivirus software, you may get rid of viruses which disable the firewall.
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