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
seconds. If no action is taken, the alert will expire
and the activity will be Blocked.
'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.
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.
‘Web Search’ link is selected, a search containing the
executable filename ('firefox.exe' in the alert below) will
be performed in your default browser.
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.
application attempts to load that was previously ignored or
blocked, Privatefirewall will generate the following alert:
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
of network protection can be
appropriate level should be
based on the type of network
where the computer is
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
Custom Security Levels
'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
Trusted websites / IP
Internet Websites / IP Addresses
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
188.8.131.52 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.
Websites / IP addresses -
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).