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How to Turn on and Turn off Windows Firewall

How do you protect your computer? Apart from setting administrator password, applying antivirus software and creating hard drive password, what else do you use to keep your PC safe? For your information, one more common method is applied to guarantee the computer safety, which is turning on the built-in Windows Firewall. Thus, this article will show you how to turn on and turn off Windows Firewall on Windows 8/8.1 computer.

Video guide on how to turn on and turn off Windows Firewall on Windows 8:

1. Steps to turn on Windows Firewall:

Step 1: Access Control Panel.

Step 2: Choose System and Security in Control Panel.

Step 3: Select Windows Firewall in the right list.

Step 4: Tap Turn Windows Firewall on or off on the left menu in Windows Firewall interface.

Step 5: As Customize Settings window appears, select Turn on Windows Firewall in Private network settings and Public network settings. Then, check the boxes before Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new app. What's more, it is recommended to choose Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed apps under Public network settings. Eventually, click OK to save the changes to the Firewall settings. For more detailed illustration, you can make reference to the following picture.

The steps effectively assist you to turn on Windows Firewall. Besides, if you want to decide the apps which will not be blocked by the Firewall, you can follow the procedures below to make what you want come true.

Procedure 1: In the Windows Firewall window, tap Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall on the left.

Procedure 2: When the next interface emerges, select the apps and features which you would like them to be allowed to go through the Firewall, and then click OK to finish the settings.

2. Steps to turn off Windows Firewall:

The previous four steps are the same as those of turning on Windows Firewall, so they are not repeated here and the fifth step is as follows.

Step 5: In the Customize Settings window, choose Turn off Windows Firewall in Private network settings as well as Public network settings. After that, click OK to complete the alterations.

At this moment, why not turn on Windows Firewall to add another protection layer to your PC? Later on, if you think it is not essential to turn it on anymore, you can turn the Firewall off at any time.

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