How to Find My Firewall

A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that sits between a private network and a public network. As the name suggests, a firewall acts as a wall to keep worms, viruses and hackers from accessing your computer. Many operating systems, including Windows and Mac, come with a built-in firewall. A firewall can also be purchased from a third-party software company or even built yourself. Finding your firewall will depend on what type of firewall you have.

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Windows Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 2

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Click "Start," then "Control Panel."

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Click "Security Center."

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Click "Windows Firewall."

Windows XP

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Click "Start," then "Control Panel."

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Click "Network and Internet Connections," then "Network Connections."

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Click the icon of the connection you wish to protect, such as Dial-Up or LAN or High Speed Internet.

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On the left, under "Network Tasks," click "Change settings of this connection"

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Select "Internet Connection Firewall."

Mac Operating System

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Click the Apple icon, then "System Preferences."

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Select "View," then "Sharing," then "Firewall."

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Select "Security" if you have Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), then click the "Firewall" tab.

Third Party Software

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Click "Start," then click "All Programs."

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Search for the firewall program. Some common brand names of third-party firewall programs include McAfee, Symantec and Tiny Personal Firewall.

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Find the third party software program also by selecting the program icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your computer screen.