Domain settings in Windows® Firewall
Read on to know more about the domain setting options in Windows Firewall and their importance.
Windows Firewall can be seen under the Security Settings in the Control Panel of the computer. The firewall may be defined as the protective service for the operating system to prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to the computer through a network or the Internet. Thus, the firewalls play an important role in providing the safety of the system by efficiently preventing the entry of malicious objects into the system. The malicious software commonly includes infectious objects such as worms, viruses and more. Trojan and Stration are the main category of malicious objects that may attack the computer through network connections. The user having the option to customize the firewall settings as per the need, these settings will play an important role in securing the system safety. The user has the option to run the firewall as per the requirements to be satisfied. A firewall can also prevent the computer from sending malicious software to other computers and vice versa.
Following are the description of domain settings in Windows 7 Firewall and the importance of few options:
- Domain settings
- Do not allow exceptions
- Define program exceptions
There may be two separate groups of firewall settings in some operating systems for the ease of use. One group is for local users and the other for domain users. The settings which are all established in the case of domain users are known as firewall domain settings. As per this setting the firewall behave differently for accomplishment of certain special interests. For changing the firewall profile, the user needs to be an administrator on the computer on usage.
Do not allow exceptions
This is an important option in the domain settings of Windows Firewall and it is used to specify that all unsolicited incoming traffic be dropped, including excepted traffic. The inputting or setting in this option will provide the firewall with the ability of restricting all exceptions. Thus, the firewall can effectively prevent the malicious software entering the operating system. Thus, the importance of this option can be easily understood by the users after experiencing its reliable protection.
The option 'Define program exceptions' is a valuable one included in the domain settings, which can be used to define exceptional traffic in terms of program file names. This option can provide the bypassing operation by which the user can allow some desirable programs to open without proper checking by the domain firewall. Thus, the user can make specific changes in these settings for attaining some desirable results.
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