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Application Security     
 
When application first attempts to access the Internet, Privatefirewall will display an Application Detection Alert and ask to either allow or block access.


NOTE: Privatefirewall will display the Tray Alert for 30 seconds. If no action is taken, the alert will expire and the activity will be Blocked.

Click 'Details/Options' in the Tray Alert to display an expanded Alert (see below), which contains more detailed information about the suspicious activity and additional threat management options.  If the 'Require user approval for each alert' box is checked in the Settings Menu, the expanded Alert will appear automatically and no tray alerts will be displayed.  This alert lists the program name, version number, date, time, and incoming/outgoing IP address.  It will also specify whether the Traffic is inbound or outbound. If the ‘Web Search’ link is selected, a search containing the executable filename ('firefox.exe' in the alert below) will be performed in your default browser.  NOTE:  To ensure maximum protection, Privatefirewall sets specific rules for each packet traveling to or from your computer.  Therefore, for most applications, Privatefirewall will generate multiple alert pop-ups when an application first accesses the Internet. 
 
 

If an application attempts to load that was previously ignored or blocked, Privatefirewall will generate the following alert:


System Security

Internet Security - Various levels of protection can be specified for accessing the Internet.  For most users, the 'High' setting is appropriate as it allows basic Internet access while providing the highest level of firewall protection.  The 'Low' Setting is only appropriate for the most trusted environments where full system access is needed.
Network Security -
Various levels of network protection can be specified.  The appropriate level should be based on the type of network where the computer is located.  For most users, the 'Low' level is appropriate as it allows file and printer sharing within the network.  The 'High' Setting will block all shared system drives, printers, and files.  This may be appropriate when on third-party or remote networks. 
Custom Security Levels

If the 'custom' button is selected from the Internet or Network Security section, the following menu appears (see screenshot). 
This allows the customization of various system settings if a more specific rule set is desired.
    
 


Internet Websites / IP Addresses

Trusted websites / IP addresses - Any Internet website or IP Address can be allowed access to your computer.  Adding a trusted site that is frequently accessed will reduce the amount of pop-up alerts for that specific IP.  For example, if 207.71.92.221 is a trusted IP, the user can add this IP to the Trusted IP Addresses section.  Similarly, if 'www.goodsite.com' is a trusted website, the user can add this site to the Trusted Sites section.  These additions will prevent any future related pop-up alerts (see screenshot).  NOTE: Whenever an unknown (or un-trusted) IP address attempts to gain access to the user's system, a pop-up alert will appear that includes the date, time, type of packet, and IP address.  These pop-ups can be turned off (they will be stored in the firewall log), and/or the 'more information...' link can be selected to view additional details of the packet.

 

 


            
    


Blocked Websites / IP addresses -
 Any Internet website or IP Address can be blocked from your computer by clicking on the 'Add' button from the Blocked Sites / IP Addresses section and entering the appropriate site / IP Address (see screenshot).

 


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