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Windows 7: Is 7's firewall enough?

19 May 2010   #1

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Is 7's firewall enough?

Hello,
I was wondering if Windows 7 firewall is enough protection at default settings? I would really love to NOT use a third party firewall. Thanks,
John

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19 May 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Mine works fine at default settings, but I'm sure you'll be getting a few suggestions anyway.
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19 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Are you behind a router's firewall? That is the safest way to go. Windows firewall is good.
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19 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yes, I'm behind a router firewall but not sure if it's configured correctly. It fails the grc leak test. Outbound I'm sure.
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19 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsmoline View Post
Yes, I'm behind a router firewall but not sure if it's configured correctly. It fails the grc leak test. Outbound I'm sure.
Windows firewall is certainly OK with a firewall router. First thing to do is to secure your firewall router. What leaked in the ShieldsUp tests?
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19 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This is what it said. LeakTest was not prevented from connecting to the Gibson Research web server. You either have no firewall, you have deliberately allowed LeakTest to connect outbound, or (if neither of those), LeakTest has just slipped past your firewall's outbound "protection", if any.
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19 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You need to beef up the settings in your router firewall. What make is your router?
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19 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Netopia. The only thing I can find for firewall settings is clear sailing, silent running and LANdlocked. The last one blocks everything. I have it set to silent running.
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19 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

After setting the router to silent running, did you re-run the GRC leak test?
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19 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yes. Same thing happened.


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