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This article will show you how to configure Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 10 and allow or prevent applications through it.

We all know, firewall monitors and control incoming/outgoing network traffic on our systems with the help of predetermined security rules, call firewall rules. The Windows Firewall was available in previous Windows editions as well, but with Windows 10, it is renamed to Windows Defender Firewall. With Windows 10 V1703 or later, this firewall is well integrated with Windows Defender/Windows Security.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

You can configure the firewall settings from Windows Defender/Security dashboard by clicking Firewall & network protection tile. However, to fully configure and adjust adds with Windows Defender Firewall, check below mentioned detailed steps.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

PART 1 – Enable/Disable Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

1. Open Control Panel using Cortana or Windows Search. Click System and security link.

2. In System and Security window, under Windows Defender Firewall, click Check firewall status.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

3. Next, in Windows Defender Firewall window, click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off link.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

4. On the next window, you can enable or disable Windows Defender Firewall, for public and private networks.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

After making your choice, hit OK to save the settings.

PART 2 – Allow/Prevent Apps Through Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

1. Open Control Panel, go to System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall. Click Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall link.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

2. On next window, click Change settings. If you’re asked for your account credentials, provide them.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

3. Then in the same window, you can check mark which app to allow/block on which network (public or private). To add new app to this list, scroll down and click Allow another app button.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

4. Now, click Browse on the Add an app window.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

5. Using File Explorer, browse for the application. Once you locate it, click Open.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

6. Finally, click Add and the selection application will be added to Windows Defender Firewall list. You can then manage this and previously listed apps in the same manner.

How To Configure Windows Defender Firewall In Windows 10

So this is how you can configure Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 10.

That’s it!


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