This article explains how to allow applications through the firewall in Windows 8. The Windows Firewall protects some applications and programs by default for the security of the system. Some programs might require you to allow them to communicate through the Firewall. Before allowing a program through the Firewall some risks are possible.
If you can open the port then you send the information from your system through the Firewall. You can allow a program through the Firewall. So it is sometimes called unblocking. If you can create an exception through the Firewall then your computer becomes a bit less secure.
You can decrease security risk by one the following:
- You can create an exception or open a port when you need to.
- You can close the exception or port when you no need to.
- Never create an exception or open a port.
Steps of How to Allow Applications Through the Firewall in Windows 8
Step 1 : In the Windows 8 OS, you can move the cursor on the right bottom and click on the search box. In the search box, you can specify what you want.
Step 2 : In the search box, you can type the name "Control Panel" and click on the Control Panel.
Step 3 : In the Control Panel, you click the drop down menu arrow in the category tab and select the "Large Icons".
Step 4 : In this step, you click on "Windows Firewall".
Step 5 : In this step, you click on "Allow an Application or Feature through Windows Firewall".
Step 6 : In this step you can see list of applications allowed by default. If you want change settings then click on "Change settings". If you want to add a new app then click on "Change settings" and then click on "Allow another application".
Step 7 : In this step, you can add the new application. You can select the application you want to add or click browse to find one that is not listed and then click on the "Add" Button.
Step 8 : After clicking the Add Button, the application will be added.