Firewall Exceptions In Microsoft® Windows® 7
What is a firewall application? What are methods to configure firewall exception in Windows 7?
An Application Firewall is an improved security feature which limits the programs and applications installed on your computer. This is because some program may contain malicious threats embedded in it. Traditional firewall checks only the incoming and outgoing traffic but the application firewall also checks different programs and checks the execution of different files used in that application. This increases the security feature of your computer. Both traditional and application firewall can be configured manually. The application firewall deals with the dll files which are needed for the execution of different applications and programs. So, even if the traditional firewall allows a malicious program to enter in to your computer, its working can be interrupted using the application firewall. This provides a second level of protection to your computer. Application Firewall when used along with traditional firewall can protect your computer from all kinds of malicious programs in entering and affecting your computer.
Following are the steps to enable and disable Windows firewall in Windows 7 and some benefits and drawbacks of the application firewall:
- Adding and removing Windows firewall exceptions
- Benefits of application firewall
Adding and removing Windows firewall exceptions
It is easy to configure the exception in Windows 7 firewall. For this, you an access the 'Control panel' of your computer and select the 'Windows firewall' icon. By opening this feature, you can change the settings so that you can allow specific application or program. You can also select the programs which need to be prevented. If the list does not contain the desired program, you can select the application by clicking 'Browse'.
Benefits of Application F
Application Firewall provides an increased level of protection for your computer. The firewall examines the incoming and outgoing data packets where as the Application Firewall examines the execution of different programs and application within your computer. This is helpful in reducing the unauthorized access to your computer. Some file may be allowed by the firewall which when executed can create a backdoor to malicious threats. This can be detected and interrupted by the use of Application Firewall.
Application firewall also has some drawbacks. Using this firewall, you may block some trusted application. Sometimes, the program you might use for your business work may be interrupted by the Application firewall. It is not practical to change the settings of Application firewall when you are at work. An application firewall might very well be the single point of failure for the user trusted applications present in your computer.
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