Windows 8: System Firewall Settings

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and modify Windows Firewall settings on Windows 8 system.

The second item in your security protection plan is to make sure Windows Firewall is turned on to prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network.

1. Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Firewall" and click the "Turn Windows Firewall on or off" link. You will see the firewall "Customize Settings" screen.

2. Review and adjust each setting as suggested below:

Customize settings for each type of network
   
Pprivate network settings
   [x] Turn on Windows Firewall
       [ ] Block all incoming connections, including those in the 
           list of allowed programs
       [x] Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program
   [ ] Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)

Public network settings
   [x] Turn on Windows Firewall
       [ ] Block all incoming connections, including those in the 
           list of allowed programs
       [x] Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program
   [ ] Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)

3. Click "OK" to save changes.

Note that settings listed above block both incoming and outgoing connections on all programs with exceptions defined in advanced settings. See the next section for details.

The picture below shows you the Windows Firewall settings on Windows 8 system:
Windows 8 Windows Firewall Settings

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8: System Update Status

 Windows 8: System Update Settings

Windows 8: System Firewall Settings

 Windows 8: System Firewall Advanced Settings

 Windows 8: System Firewall Inbound Rules

 Windows 8: System Firewall Outbound Rules

 Windows 8: Manage System Firewall Rules

 Windows 8: Firewall Alert on Blocked Connection

 Windows 8: Firewall Allowed Programs

 Windows 8: Action Center Security Messages

 Windows 8: Action Center Security Message Settings

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 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

 References

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