Norton Smart Firewall

The Smart Firewall monitors the communications between your computer and other computers on the Internet. It also protects your computer from such common security problems as the following:

Improper connection attempts

Warns you of connection attempts from other computers and of attempts by programs on your computer to connect to other computers

Port scans

Cloaks the inactive ports on your computer thereby providing protection against attacks through hacking techniques such as port scanning

Intrusions

Monitors the network traffic to or from your computer for suspicious behavior and stops any attack before they threaten your system

A firewall blocks hackers and other unauthorized traffic, while it allows authorized traffic to pass. The Windows Firewall feature monitors all inbound communications to your computer. However, Windows Firewall does not monitor the outbound communications from your computer to the Internet.

Symantec recommends that you keep the Smart Firewall option turned on to let Norton monitor all inbound and all outbound communications of your computer. The Smart Firewall feature automatically creates program rules for each program that you run. When the Smart Firewall option is turned on, Norton retains the Automatic Program Control settings for all programs.

Turning off Smart Firewall reduces your system protection. Always ensure that the Smart Firewall is turned on.

Using public Wi-Fi?

Public Wi-Fi is found in places like airports, coffee shops, malls, and restaurants, allowing you to access the Internet for free. While public Wi-Fi is convenient, there are risks with using these networks.

Keep your information hidden from prying eyes, with a virtual private network (VPN), like Norton WiFi Privacy.

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DOCID: v1027911_ns_retail_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 05/09/2017