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Win7 Firewall ~ Details

#1 Post by Annecy » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:17 am

HereToFore/Previously (always on Pre-Win7 "machines") ...
I('ve) always used one 3rdParty (FreeWare) FireWall ... or another ...

This month ...
I (finally) decided to "spend (some) time" ...
to begin familiarizing myself ...
with the "details" of the MS Win7 Firewall :banghead:

I "network" my home LapTops/PCs via (CrossOver) EtherNet ... wires/cables ...
and connect those LapTops to the WWW via WiFi ...

I exempted the "Home/Private" NW EtherNet NICs from the Win7 FireWall ...

I (also) set the Win7 FireWall to BLOCK ALL OUTBOUND connections ...
and then began creating OUTBOUND RULES ...
as (seemingly) necessary ...

The first time I rebooted my Win7 T61 ...
after (re-)configuring my T61 Win7 FireWall
the following appeared :eek: :!: :shock: :!::
Image
I skipped applying that fix :roll: :BAAAD!:

I can only/just WONDER ...
WHATtF ... that is/was :?: :??: :?:
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Re: Win7 Firewall ~ Details

#2 Post by shawross » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 am

It is your machine and you live and learn with hardware and software.

For me I wouldn't block all outbound traffic and only block some installed individual software from phoning home.

This software would not be integral to the machine but just add ons and shouldn't be MS or your antivirus software.

Blocking MS with their own firewall is an interesting tactic though. :)
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Re: Win7 Firewall ~ Details

#3 Post by Annecy » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:30 am

shawross wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 am
"It is your machine and you live and learn with hardware and software.
For me I wouldn't block all outbound traffic and only block some installed individual software from phoning home.
~~~
Blocking MS with their own firewall is an interesting tactic though. :)
"
Here is one webpage that discusses (re-)configuring the MS-Firewall
from ALLOWING ALL outbound connections to BLOCKING ALL outbound connections :banghead:

Here is a webpage that discusses a portable freeware firewall utility ~
which I (have) found quite helpful/useful for identifying outbound connection attempts ~
which I might then allow by creating an outbound exception rule ...


note: aFaIC ... none of the above is "advertising" :roll:

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Re: Win7 Firewall ~ Details

#4 Post by Annecy » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:50 am

ajkula66 wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:33 pm
"If you've chosen to stay away from W10 because of privacy concerns,
you may want to be careful with Windows Updates these days,
specifically one marked KB3068708

From Microsoft themselves:
This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices.
By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows
to systems that have not yet upgraded.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708
"
shawross wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 am
"Blocking MS with their own firewall is an interesting tactic though. :)"
Annecy wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:30 am
"Here is one webpage that discusses (re-)configuring the MS-Firewall
from ALLOWING ALL outbound connections to BLOCKING ALL outbound connections :banghead:

Here is a webpage that discusses a portable freeware firewall utility ~
which I (have) found quite helpful/useful for identifying outbound connection attempts ~
which I might then allow by creating an outbound exception rule ...

note: aFaIC ... none of the above is "advertising" :roll:
"
I don't ALWAYS run that above Portable-Freeware Firewall-Utility ...
this morning I (for various reasons) was running that FWutil ...
and the following "popup" appeared:
Image
I do not even have MS Windows (7) Update KB3068708 installed :eek:

ps: I did NOT create an OutBound exception for that MS-Telemetry process/service :roll:

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