Posts Tagged ‘firewall’

Control Which Apps May Access the Internet on Your Android Device

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Here’s an app that will help you to control internet access by the other apps on your Android …

Apps are one of the cornerstores of smartphones. They extend the phones functionality, provide you with the means to customize it, or provide you with entertainment in the form of games. Apps may request permissions during installation or upgrade, and one of those permissions is to access the Internet. It is likely that most Android users do not go through the list of permissions that an app requests before it gets installed, similar to how many Windows users do not pay attention to the setup steps of a program they install on their system.


How to Protect Your Windows XP System After April 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Here are some useful tips for those of us who still have old Windows XP computers that we use from time to time …

You know by now — probably – that Microsoft will retire the Windows XP operating system for good come April 2014. It is also likely that you won’t notice lots of changes after that day, at least not initially. While new security patches won’t be released for Windows XP, everything else will work just like it did before. The core issue here is that new vulnerabilities that are detected after end of support won’t get fixed anymore, leaving the system vulnerable to these kind of attacks.


Windows Firewall Notifier

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

It’s kind of hard to tell from just reading the article, but this one sounds like it could either be very helpful, or very annoying …

Microsoft has improved the Windows Firewall ever since it was included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The majority of usability and security issues have been dealt with. Outbound Packet Filtering was for instance introduced under Windows Vista. There are still some issues left that Microsoft has not yet addressed. Especially the firewall’s configuration interface and notifications need improvement.


Shields Up – Test Your Firewall Online

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This sounds like a useful tool to help make certain that your firewall is correctly configured …

The firewall is used to control incoming and outgoing traffic. Many users believe that simply installing a firewall is enough to protect their computer from malicious attacks but that does not have to be the case. An improperly configured firewall can do more damage than harm, or at least leave some attack vectors open that would be close if it had been configured properly.