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Using Online Armor Firewall
Your new rule appears on the Inbound Rules list. It is enabled automatically
when you click Finish.
Enabling the Outbound Firewall
In Windows 8, Microsoft decided it was best to disable the outbound
connection filtering because it can cause headaches for many inexperienced computer
users. This may have been the right choice, but not filtering your outbound
traffic can increase the possibility that an application can steal important personal
information and send it to a remote computer. If this application is malicious, it
can be used to steal personal information such as passwords and bank account
numbers. Turning on the outbound firewall filtering and enabling only the rules
that grant your normal applications access to the Internet will greatly increase
the security of your computer.
Enabling the outbound firewall rules on your computer is easy to do after you
know where Microsoft hid the setting. Follow these steps to turn the outbound
firewall back on:
1. If the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security window is not already
open, open the Start screen, type wf.msc , and press Enter.
2. When the management console loads, click Windows Firewall Properties
right in the middle of the opening screen.
3. When the settings window loads, you see a tab for each of the different
firewall profiles. Select the tab for the profile on which you would like to
enable outbound filtering.
4. Under the State section, locate the Outbound Connections drop-down
box and change it to Block.
5. Click OK when you are finished to activate the outbound firewall on the
profile you specified.
Windows automatically detects any applications that try to access the Internet
or other network resources that are blocked with the outbound firewall turned
on and prompts you to authorize the application to send information out to the
Using Online Armor Firewall
Another free firewall that I use in situations where I want more control over
specific applications is called Online Armor. It has the basic firewall
functionality that blocks all ports except those on an allow list, but it also provides a very
comprehensive application-based firewall. Application firewalls allow you to
create block or allow rules based on a program running on your PC instead of
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