If you no longer want to deal with the firewall, you should switch the setting to Automatic. Besides autopilot mode, which is the best option for many users, you also have a wide range of options for optimizing the G DATA firewall for your requirements.
In the firewall settings there are two basic areas that can be custom-configured.
Here you can specify whether the firewall should operate independently and in self-learning mode so the user is not consulted about deciding whether to block or allow queries from the Internet, or whether the user should be asked in case of doubt.
- Autopilot mode: Here the firewall works fully autonomously and automatically keeps threats from the local PC. This setting offers practical all-around protection and is recommended in most cases.
- Create rules manually: If you want to custom configure your firewall, you can set up your firewall protection how you want via manual rule creation.
- Offer to use autopilot mode when launching a full screen application: During computer games (and other full-screen applications), it can be disruptive if the firewall interrupts the flow of the game with inquiry windows or simply interferes with the display. To ensure that you can enjoy uninterrupted gaming without security compromises, the autopilot is a useful setting because it suppresses the inquiries of the firewall. If you are not using the autopilot as a default setting, you can use this function to ensure that it is always activated if you are using a program running in full-screen mode.
User-defined security settings
As you use the computer for your normal daily tasks, the firewall learns which programs you do or do not use for Internet access and which programs represent a security risk. The advantage of using the default security levels is that you can still adapt the firewall to your individual requirements without too much administrative input or specialist knowledge of network security. You can set the security level by simply adjusting the slide control. The following security levels are available:
- Maximum security: The firewall rules are generated using very strict guidelines. So you should be familiar with specialized network concepts (TCP, UDP, ports, etc.). The firewall detects the slightest inconsistencies and will issue frequent queries during the learning phase.
- High security: The firewall rules are generated using very strict guidelines. So you should be familiar with specialized network concepts (TCP, UDP, ports, etc.). The firewall may issue frequent queries during the learning phase.
- Standard security: The firewall rules are generated at the application level only. Wizards keep network-specific details away from you. You will be queried as little as possible during the learning phase.
- Low security: The firewall rules are generated at the application level only. Wizards keep network-specific details away from you. You will only be rarely queried during the learning phase. This level of security still offers highly effective protection against any connection requests that may occur.
- Firewall disabled: You can disable the firewall completely if required. This means that your computer is still connected to the Internet and any other networks, but the firewall is no longer protecting it against attacks or electronic espionage.
If you wish to create specific settings for your firewall, check User-defined security settings. Please note however that for these settings you'll need at least a basic understanding of network security.