Learn how to configure and test the Windows 7 Firewall
The Windows 7 Firewall provides a basic level of protection against hackers as soon as you start your computer up. Although the firewall can be configured to filter both incoming and outgoing traffic, by default it only acts like the firewalls in Windows XP and Windows Vista, that is, it will only filter incoming connections. Configuring the Windows 7 Firewall to filter outgoing traffic is a little easier than it was in Windows Vista but is still a complex process and is not covered in this tutorial.
This video tutorial demonstrates the most common configuration options for the Windows 7 Firewall and discusses when you might need to use them. If you need to turn off the Windows Firewall for any reason, the video will also show you how to do that. Finally, we’ll also show you how to access the advanced options for the firewall, although these options are not covered in this tutorial.
To start the video presentation, please click on the picture below.
If you are curious about the advanced configuration options mentioned in the video, you may wish to read this Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Getting Started Guide. Be warned though, it is a little technical! For more information on adding exceptions to the firewall in Windows 7, check out the Windows help files.
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