Windows 7: System Firewall Advanced Settings
This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and modify Windows Firewall advanced settings on Windows 7 system.
Windows Firewall basic settings presented on the "Customize Settings" screen
as described in the previous tutorial offers quick ways to turn on and turn off firewalls.
But information on the "Customized Settings" screen is not so easy to understand.
It is much easier to understand if you review the full list of settings on the "Advanced Settings" screen.
1. Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Firewall"
and click the "Advanced Settings" link.
You will see the firewall "Windows Firewall with Advanced Settings" screen.
2. Right mouse click on "Windows Firewall with Advanced Settings" on the left side of the screen
and select "Properties".
You will see detailed settings for each network configuration.
3. Click the "Private Profile" tab.
You will see settings for your private network, which is usually
covers your home Wi-Fi Internet connection.
The default settings should be:
Specify behavior for when a computer is connected to a private
Firewall state: On (recommended)
Inbound connections: Block (default)
Outbound connections: Allow (default)
- "Inbound connections: Block (default)" means all inbound connections
are blocked unless they are explicitly allowed in an "Inbound Rule".
- "Outbound connections: Allow (default)" means all outbound connections
are allowed unless they are explicitly blocked in an "Outbound Rule".
Be careful, the outbound logic is the reverse of the inbound logic.
- An inbound connection represents a remote computer trying to reach
a program on your computer to exchange data.
For example, when someone calls your Skype # and your computer rings,
an inbound connection is established to the Skype program.
- An outbound connection represents a program on your computer trying to reach
to a remote computer to exchange data.
For example, when you visit a Web site with your browser, an outbound connection
is established from your browser.
- Obviously, inbound connections are more dangerous than outbound connections.
Allowing all inbound connections is like leaving your front door wide open to your house.
The picture below shows you the Windows Firewall advanced settings on Windows 7 system:
Last update: 2013.
Table of Contents
About This Windows Security Book
Windows 8: System Security Review
Windows 8: System Security Protection
Windows 8 System Recovery
Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection
Windows 7: System Security Review
►Windows 7: System Security Protection
Windows 7: System Update Status
Windows 7: System Update Settings
Windows 7: System Firewall Settings
►Windows 7: System Firewall Advanced Settings
Windows 7: System Firewall Inbound Rules
Windows 7: System Firewall Outbound Rules
Windows 7: Manage System Firewall Rules
Windows 7: Firewall Alert on Blocked Connection
Windows 7: Firewall Allowed Programs
Windows 7: Action Center Security Messages
Windows 7: Action Center Security Message Settings
Windows 7 System Recovery
Windows 7 Forefront Client Security
Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool
McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools
Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal
Keeping Firefox Secure
Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure
Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)
HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool
IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal
"Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal
"Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware
Malware Manual Removal Experience
Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal
Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal
VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal
PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal
MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems
Antivirus System PRO
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