Enable Windows Security with Network Firewall

A network firewall is a type of security that restricts illegal access, such as to unknown networks. It will allow only authorized traffic and also block unwanted traffic as a firewall to protect against unauthorized access, malware, and other security threats. To enable the network firewall, click on Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security and enable the Firewall and Network toggle.

What can you do with Network Firewall?

A network firewall allows authorized networks and blocks all unauthorized networks. The following options are shown below on the Network Protection Page:

  • At the time of enabling, it will ask you to select the specific network: domain networks (workplace), private networks (discoverable), and public networks (non-discoverable).
  • You can also allow the application through the firewall and add an exception.
  • Resolve the network issues and run the Network and Internet Troubleshooter.
  • Block the non-relevant notifications and allow some specific notifications.
  • Restore all the network firewalls as a default.
  • Check the internet connection security and manage the networks with advanced settings.

How to access the network firewall on Windows?

To access the firewall on Windows, follow the step-by-step guide:

  1. Press the Windows key or click on the start menu.
click on the start menu
  1. Connect your device to a strong internet connection.
  2. Open the system settings and click on the update and security option.
click on the update and security
  1. Select the Windows security option.
Select the Windows security option.
  1. Enable the firewall toggle and set it as per your requirements.

Alternative ways to Access a network firewall

To access the firewall, follow these alternative ways:

  1. Click on the start menu and open Windows Settings.
Open the system settings
  1. Now, click on the Firewall and Network Security option and choose a specific network: domain, private, or public.
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Firewall and Protection option
  1. Under Microsoft Defender, enable the firewall toggle.
  2. With a firewall, you need to block incoming connections and allow applications.

Manage the Network Settings on Windows

To manage the network settings on Windows, follow the step-by-step guide:

  1. Click on the Start menu and search for Ethernet settings.
  2. You can also get access to managing network settings by right-clicking on the Internet icon.
  3. Open the Network and Internet Settings option.
Click on the open network and internet settings
  1. Under the incoming connections, tick the checkbox for Blocks all incoming connections.
  1. In the list of allowed apps, select the applications you want to allow.