Turning on a Software Firewall in Vista / Windows7 Prep Step

This post is here to provide information on how to turn on a software firewall.  It is done in preparation for my series Routers – Hardware Firewalls Vs Software Firewalls.

Software Firewall

I would like to start by saying please check the status of your firewall.  I have included a video in order to see how to do it on Vista and Windows 7, and two pictures to show you how to do so on Windows XP.  If you are on a Mac I have included screen captures for that as well.  Yes on a mac you should have your firewall turned on as well.  Unlike current Windows, the Macs software firewall is NOT turned on by default.

Windows Vista / Windows 7

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