Software firewalls

Protect your internet connection by installing a firewall.

Just as the university network is protected by a firewall, users are now able to install personal firewall software on individual computers to restrict the flow of data that is both sent and received.

Use the firewall built into XP / Vista / Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows includes a personal firewall which will greatly enhance your computer security, and requires minimal configuration. Switching on the firewall is easy.

  • Click on Start > Control Panel and double click on Network Connections
  • Right click on your internet connection and select Properties
  • Click the Advanced tab and then select the tick box for Protect my computer and network.....
  • Click on OK to apply the settings

Earlier versions of Windows

If you're using a version of Microsoft Windows prior to XP, a number of personal firewalls are available which can be installed. A list of firewall software available is accessible via any search engine, for example, this list from the Yahoo! Web Site

Please note: Planning and Information (PLN) can provide no assistance in the installation and configuration of 3rd party firewall software installed on your home computer.

Page last modified 11 August 2011.

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