Jun 13 2007

Working with Vista’s Firewall and Advanced Firewall

encrypted.pngWindows Vista’s firewall is turned on by default, but you can turn it off if you want to use a third party Firewall or if you need to trouble shoot a connection problem.

Click Start – Control Panel – Security – Windows Firewall – Turn Windows Firewall on or off – Approve the UAC if asked
In this panel you can turn the Firewall on or off and change the Exceptions.

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If you want the firewall to block everything, including the programs selected on the Exceptions tab, select the Block all incoming connections check box.

To set Exceptions click it’s tab.
Here you can choose to block or allow incoming connections, add a program or open a port.

 

Windows firewall will also block outgoing connections like many 3rd party ones like Zone Alarm. But it’s not turned on by default and you have to set up a rule for each program you want to acess the internet, it’s a excruciating task to do. Take my advise if you need outbound protection use 3rd party software.

Vista’s Advanced Firewall:
1. Click start and type Firewall into the search box.
2. Click Windows firewall with Advanced Security
3. Allow the UAC
This program let you see and set rules for every aspect of Vista’s firewall. Look around but be careful.

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