Change the trust level of your network and devices

The trust level determines the default level of access that devices on your network have to your computer. Any device on your network that is not explicitly Trusted or Restricted uses the trust level of your network. The initial network trust level is set based on the configuration of your computer.

When you change the trust level of your network, Norton assigns the same trust level to all the devices that are connected to that network. You can change the default network settings for individual devices by changing the trust level of each device to trust or restrict.

If you use a wireless network that is not secure, the default trust level of all the devices that are on the network is Public.

Change the trust level of your network

  1. In the Norton main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings, click Firewall.

  3. On the General Settings tab, in the Network Trust row, click Configure.

  4. In the Network Trust window, under Trust Level, choose one of the following:

    • Full Trust to allow all network traffic that your computer receives from Trusted networks. Known attacks and infections are still monitored. This setting should be selected only when you are sure that the network is completely safe.

    • Private to protect your computer from known attacks and unexpected traffic and to share files, folders, media, and printers with other devices on your network. To set the trust level to Private, your computer must meet the following requirements: it does not have the public IP address; it is connected to LAN through a secure connection; its network category in Windows Vista is set to private.

    • Public to protect your computer from known attacks and unexpected traffic and block sharing of files, folders, media, and printers with other devices on your network. This setting also blocks remote desktop connections by default.

      You can configure the Public Network Exceptions setting to share files, folders, media, and printers and set up remote desktop connection with devices over the network.

    • Restricted to block devices on your network from communicating with your computer. Devices on restricted networks can still browse websites, send and receive email, or transmit other communications.

  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Change the trust level of a device

  1. In the Norton main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings click Firewall.

  3. On the General Settings tab, in the Device Trust row, click Configure.

  4. In the Device Trust window, under Trust Level, choose one of the following:

    • Full Trust to only monitor the device for known attacks and infections.

      You should select this setting only when you are sure that the device is completely safe.

    • Restricted to block the device from accessing your computer.

  5. Click Apply and then click OK.

    Norton displays the trust level of each restricted device on the icon of the device.

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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Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 06/19/2017