A firewall is a network security device that acts as a barrier between your computer network and the internet. Its main purpose is to monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules.
Firewalls can be either hardware-based or software-based. Hardware firewalls are physical devices that are typically installed between your network and the internet. They provide a dedicated layer of protection for your entire network. On the other hand, software firewalls are installed on individual devices, such as computers or servers, and provide protection at the device level.
Firewalls work by inspecting the data packets that are being transmitted over the network. They examine the source and destination addresses, ports, protocols, and other characteristics of the packets to determine whether they should be allowed or blocked. Firewalls use a set of predefined rules or policies to make these decisions. For example, they may block certain ports that are commonly used for malicious activities or restrict access to specific websites or services.
By implementing a firewall, you can enhance the security of your network by preventing unauthorized access, protecting against malware and other malicious threats, and controlling the flow of network traffic. It acts as a barrier, allowing only authorized and safe connections to pass through while blocking or alerting you about potentially harmful or suspicious activities.
How to turn on your Windows Firewall
Go to START
Choose PRIVACY & SECURITY
Go to WINDOWS SECURITY
Here you can check your current settings. Make sure your firewall is turned on.