Windows 8.1: Firewall

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What is Windows Firewall?

Windows Firewall is a piece of software that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach a computer over the Internet. Windows Firewall protects a computer by blocking communications that might actually be dangerous software trying to find a way to connect to a computer.

Windows Firewall does offer some protection from network attacks from malicious software known as Worms. However, Windows Firewall does not protect from viruses or spyware.

This article covers how to confirm that Windows Firewall is Enabled and how to Re-enable the Windows Firewall if it is not Enabled.

Turn the Windows Firewall ON or OFF

See Windows 8.1: Turn the Firewall ON or OFF.

Confirm the Windows Firewall is Enabled

1. Click the Start button from the bottom left-hand corner of your desktop, then click Control Panel.

2. Click Security Center. (System and Security)

System and Security link in control panel.

3. Select Check firewall status under Windows Firewall.

Check firewall status link

4. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off on the left hand side of the window.

Turn Firewall on or off option

5. If your firewall is on, you are protected. If it is not, click the bubble Turn on Windows Firewall. Windows Firewall can protect you on Domain Network, Private Network, and Public Network.

Options to turn firewall on and off for the networks

Referenced from: Microsoft

8/22/2018 1:15:33 PM