Functions of Windows® Firewall on Windows® 7
A firewall is a software program that monitors data coming into the system from a network or the Internet. It blocks or allows data flow into the system, based on the settings included in the firewall option. Windows Firewall is a function available with all Windows Operating Systems. The utility is used as an option to protect your computer from malware and hackers. Windows 7 Operating System comes with advanced and more flexible methods included in Windows Firewall. Windows 7 users can easily manage Windows Firewall settings. You are provided with three network profiles on the Windows Firewall Settings option.
Discussed below are some points related with the ways to allow a program using Windows Firewall on Windows 7:
- Steps to allow a program on Windows 7
- Risks involved in the process
- Points to keep in mind while allowing programs
Steps to allow a program on Windows 7
Open Windows Firewall option from the Control Panel. Click on the option ‘Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall’ on the left pane of the window. Then, choose the 'Change Settings' option. Select the list of programs that you need to allow. Then select the network location that you need to turn on. Click 'Ok' and exit the window. Now the program is allowed while browsing the Internet or while running applications.
Risks involved in the process
A major risk involved in allowing a program through Windows Firewall is like a hole in the network. Hackers can then use that program option to get into the system. Thus, the computer becomes less secure over the network. So, you should take care while allowing programs through Windows Firewall. Allow programs only when you need to access them and block the option as soon as the work is complete. Also, do not allow a program that is not familiar. You can remove the allowed program from the list by unchecking the option.
You should be careful while allowing programs. Do not allow an unrecognized program. Also, check the various settings on the system as an administrator. Also, keep in mind that that allowing a program through Windows Firewall means to give permission for the program to send and receive data without being blocked. This may enable hackers to easily get into the system through this loop.
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