Windows Firewall is a software program that helps protect your computer from malicious programs and intruders by blocking certain types of incoming and outgoing network traffic. It monitors the data coming into and out of your computer, and it can be configured to block certain types of programs or traffic. It can also be used to create rules to allow or block specific apps.
When you install a program on your computer, Windows Firewall may prompt you to allow or block it. If you choose to allow it, then the program will be able to access the Internet using your network. If you choose to block it, then the program won’t be able to access your network.
You can also manually configure the Windows Firewall to allow or block apps. To do that, open Control Panel and select System and Security. Then choose Windows Firewall.
Once you’re in the Windows Firewall window, click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall”. This will bring up the list of allowed apps. From here you can add or remove apps from the list. Select an app and then use the check boxes to indicate whether you want to allow or block it. You can also create rules to block or allow specific ports, as well as limit access to a particular IP address range.
Once you’ve made your changes, click OK to save them. Windows Firewall will now apply the new rules to your computer.
You can also check the status of the Windows Firewall from the same window. Click on “Advanced settings” and then the “Overview” tab to view a summary of blocked and allowed apps, as well as the active rules.
By setting up rules that allow or block apps, you can ensure that only approved programs are able to access your network. This will help protect your computer from potential threats and intrusions.