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Windows Firewall

The Windows firewall is there to prevent hackers and malicious software from harming your computer. By default it is turned on for all inbound connections, so hackers can not connect to your computer from the internet.

Within the Security Center, Click Windows Firewall from the Left hand pane (Blue section). This will open the Windows Firewall settings dialogue.

 

How to use Windows Firewall Settings

 

Ensure the windows firewall is turned on as shown within the above figure. However do NOT turn this on if you have a third party firewall installed as this can cause conflicts when two or more firewalls are being used together.

The tabs at the top of the windows firewall settings page are there for the following reasons;

General – Whether the firewall is turned on or off.

Exceptions – You can specify which programs are allowed to access your network. We will leave this as default.

Advanced – Configures protected connections, logging, and allowed control messages. We can also leave this as default.

Now that the windows firewall is turned on we can continue. Although later we will be coming back to windows firewall to do some more advance tweaking which is strongly recommended. Now select the OK button to close the Dialogue.

 

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