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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.

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