Windows® 7 Firewall Settings
What are the benefits of Windows 7 Firewall software?
Users who get connected to the Internet, as a single computer or whole network, must use a firewall. A Firewall is capable of protecting both - individual computers as well as corporate networks from serious attacks that might arise from local network or Internet. It helps in the protection of valuable resources in the computer hard disc from theft and misuse. A firewall is also capable to log all attempts to enter private network or an individual system. It alerts users when an unauthorized, suspicious or hostile entry is detected by your system. Some firewalls are capable of logging all outbound data traffic and prevent unauthorized access to resources present on other networks. Firewall settings of Windows 7 Operating System in your system could be configured to permit traffic through, if it is arriving from a specified trusted host. Like this, with the aid of Firewall data traffic could be control by opening and closing of ports.
Following points give you better idea regarding the firewall settings of Windows 7 Operating System and some tips to configure firewall settings in Windows 7 system:
- Private network settings
- Public network settings
- On or off the firewall according to your need
Private network settings
There are three choices for Windows 7 firewall settings. They are namely, public network, home network and work network. The two latter options come under private network. If the user chooses the 'home network' option, it would be possible to set a Home Group. For this case, network discovery gets automatically turned on so that you would be able to see the other computers and devices on the network and similarly they could see your system. Systems belonging to the Home group could easily share personal files easily. In case if the user is selecting Work Network, by default, network discovery turns on.
Public network settings
'Public network' is the good choice in case if you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network. Network discovery gets turned off automatically so that other computers on the network would not be possible to see your system. By default, the Windows 7 firewall blocks connections to programs that are not on the list of allowed programs with the above mentioned network types. Windows 7 permits the users to configure the firewall settings for each network type differently.
On or off the firewall according to your need
Users are permitted to turn on or turn of the Firewall associated with Windows 7 Operating System. In case, you are planning to install a separate firewall software to your system loaded with Windows 7, you are strictly recommended to disable the existing firewall from your system.
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