Posts Tagged ‘Windows firewall’

How to Block IP Ranges in Windows Firewall

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Blocking a range of IP addresses can help to protect your system from a wide range of hacks and attacks, and here’s a concise, step-by-step guide that explains how to do it.

If you are using Windows and have not installed a “complete” security suite for the operating system, you are likely using Windows Firewall to protect the operating system. While there are standalone firewall applications as well, or hardware firewalls, it is likely that most users make use of the built-in firewall of the operating system.


Firewall App Blocker – Improve Windows Firewall Program Blocking

Monday, May 14th, 2012

This program doesn’t really do anything new that Windows itself doesn’t do already … but it does provide a simpler means to select which programs will be blocked.

Microsoft has improved the firewall in the Windows 7 operating system, and while that is a good thing, the firewall is still nowhere near as feature complete or comfortable to configure than its third party counterparts. The blocking of programs is for instance overly complicated.


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.


Windows firewall – Overhead or additional protection?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Come to think of it, I usually avoid Windows firewall too …

Too many times the value of built-in firewalls may be overlooked. In this TechRepublic blog post, IT pro Rick Vanover explains pros and cons of using firewalls in the operating system.


In the course of administering servers, I’ve generally preferred to use firewalls via an appliance to dictate traffic patterns at the network level. Using firewalls, namely Windows firewall, that comes built-in with operating systems, I have generally preferred not to use. So much so, that I have committed to memory the command on modern Windows systems to disable the firewall service for all profiles: