Enable a firewall on Windows and Mac OS X

Enable Firewall on Windows and Mac

Enable Firewall on Windows and Mac

To protect the healthcare practice network from the spread of viruses and malware, it’s recommended that all computers to have a firewall installed, enabled and configured to block malicious traffic. A firewall provides a layer of protection between your computer and the internet. It serves as a barrier and can help defend against someone attempting to access your computer from the outside.

Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X includes a firewall with their operating system. To enable it simply follow the steps for your operating system below:

 WIN 7

  • Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  • Change your View By setting to View By: Large Icons or Small Icons
  • Click Windows Firewall to open your firewall settings.
  • Click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off . You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  • Be sure Turn on Windows Firewall is checked.

Fore more instructions please visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-windows-firewall-on-off#turn-windows-firewall-on-off=windows-7


  • Open Windows Firewall by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering firewall in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Windows Firewall
  • Tap or click Turn Windows Firewall on or off .  You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  • Do the following:
    • Tap or click Turn on Windows Firewall under each type of network that you want to help protect, and then tap or click OK.

For more instructions please visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/windows-firewall-from-start-to-finish

MAC OS X (10.9.X)

  • Click on the Apple Icon.
  • Click on System Preferences.
  • Click on Security & Privacy.
  • Click on the   Tab.
  • Click on .
    • If the button is grayed out then please click on the lock icon and login with admin account.
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