How to Turn On or Off the Windows Firewall

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The Windows Firewall is a built in feature in each version of Windows for the last decade and it is a silent tool that keeps our systems safe from all kinds of network threats.

The Windows Firewall has been included in each version of Windows for the last decade and it is a silent tool that keeps our systems safe from all kinds of network threats.

What is the Windows Firewall?
Windows Firewall is one of the most important security tools that are built into the Windows operating system. It was first included in Windows XP (in 2001) and since then it has been improved in each version of Windows.

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To turn on Windows Firewall

1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.

2. In the left pane, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off.  Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. Click Turn on Windows Firewall under each network location that you want to help protect, and then click OK.

4. If you want the firewall to prevent all programs from communicating, including programs that you have previously allowed to communicate through the firewall, select the Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed programs check box.

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To turn off Windows Firewall

1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.

2. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off.  Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. Click Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) under each network location that you want to stop trying to protect, and then click OK.

Warning
You should not turn off Windows Firewall unless you have another firewall enabled. Turning off Windows Firewall might make your computer (and your network, if you have one) more vulnerable to damage from worms or hackers.

In addition to a firewall, you also need an antivirus and anti-malware program to help protect your computer. Install Microsoft Security Essentials or another antivirus and anti-malware program, and keep it up to date. Many of these programs update automatically.

Conclusion

As you can see from this article, the basics about the Windows Firewall and how it works are not that complicated. However, if you choose to disable the Windows Firewall make sure that you have a reliable alternative installed, like a third-party firewall or internet security suite.

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