Windows® Firewall with Advanced Security
Read on to know about the features and usability options of Windows Firewall.
Windows Firewall has been introduced with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 SP2. It comes with better features and easy-of-use options that allow even the novice users to configure it. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security eliminates the need of such third party firewalls as it comes with advanced security features required for different purposes. It comes with Connection Security Rules that allow the administrators to configure the access and permission levels of different devices and networks. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security combines the traditional host-based firewall with additional features like IPSec connection security rules, network service hardening and filters like boot time filters, firewall filters, and stealth filters. It also allows turning off individual components instead of turning off the entire firewall.
Discussed below are some points that can help users to use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security efficiently:
- Find and Configure WFAS
- Multiple Active Profiles
- Tips to use
Find and Configure WFAS
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security can be found in the ‘Control Panel’ which can be accessed from the ‘Start’ menu. Once you open the ‘Control Panel’, click on ‘System and Security, go to ‘Windows Firewall’ and then click on ‘Advanced Settings’. This will give you access to the settings of Windows Firewall. Here, you can define inbound and outbound rules for different network connections. Click on ‘Inbound Rules’ or ‘Outbound Rules’ to display the different rules associated with the selected action. Right-click on the rule and select ‘Properties’. The properties window lets you to change details and settings like name of rule, permission levels, enable or disable the rule, etc.
Multiple Active Profiles
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security allows using multiple profiles at a time. In Windows Firewall, only one profile can be active at a time. So, if you are connected to more than one network, the profile with the most rules will be applied to all the networks. This issue is fixed in the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. When more than one network is connected, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security applies appropriate profiles to each of the network.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security comes with advanced features that allow the system administrators to configure the firewall based on their requirements. It is highly recommended that home users who do not have technical skills do not use the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. However, certain tutorials are available in the market and with basic networking knowledge, one can easily configure it.
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