One of the software elements that helps with the security and safety of the computer is the Windows Firewall. Windows Firewall was first introduced in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Initially, Windows Firewall was also named as Internet Connection Firewall. Windows Firewall keeps the system protected from hackers and intruders, enabling safe browsing on the internet.
With the help of Microsoft support for Vista computers, you will be able to make changes to the Firewall settings easily. According to which, making changes to the Firewall settings it is possible to balance protection and usability. Broadband users are exposed to potential threats because the system is connected to the internet continuously. Hence it is all the more easy to locate and attack computers connected to the internet that uses a broadband internet connection.
But you might want to connect with another computer in order to play games online or when you have the file sharing feature enabled. When you have the Firewall turned on in the computer, there might be certain restrictions in the activity that you are carrying out in the computer. The best thing about the Firewall settings is that you can set some exceptions in the settings. This will let you do what you want, which also ensures security. Follow these instructions in order to make changes to the Firewall settings in Windows Vista computer.
- Click on Start button to the lower left of the desktop. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel and then Security Center.
- To the left side of the window that is open, you would find a link to Firewall settings, click on the same. Choose the Change Setting Click on Ok or Continue when the UAC pops up.
- Now, highlight the Exceptions You would find a list of programs that are controlled by Windows Firewall. Ensure that the Tell Me When Windows Firewall Blocks A Program check box is checked. This will tell you that the Windows Firewall is responsible when something goes wrong with the program.
- In order to add more programs, click on the Add Programs button and then select a program from the list. In case you do not find the program, you can browse and find it.
When you have selected the required programs in the exceptions list, from now on you can use these programs without any interruptions. With these Microsoft support for Vista instructions, you can change Firewall settings according to your preference.