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Managing Firewall Protection With McAfee Security Console in Version 12.8

Last Updated: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn more about the McAfee Security Console and its benefits. You can also learn how to manage your firewall and Internet connections.

Solution

 

What is McAfee Security Console?
 
The Security Console on your computer desktop is part of your free Cox Security Suite Powered by McAfee®. It is a powerful security solution that allows you to monitor the security status on your computer and to know instantly whether virus, spyware, email, and firewall protection services are up-to-date.
 
How can it help me?
 
You can use this tool to setup and manage firewall settings. To begin, double-click the McAfee Security Center icon in your task bar or on your desktop.
 

security center icon
 

For additional help with any Security Center feature visit the McAfee Community. Click Home and Home Office, then under Communities on the left, click Security Console.

Set Security Levels 

Complete the steps below to set security levels within the Security Center Console.

Knowledge level recommended for this article: Advanced.
1

On the Security Center console click Firewall.
 

firewall settings

2

Click Traffic Controller.
 

security levels

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Complete the following steps.

  1. Click the radio button next to your security choice, such as Outgoing Access, which is recommended in the example below.
  2. Click Apply.
     
     security levels
4

Change to Full or Blocked Access

  1. On the Security Center console, click Firewall.
  2. Click Settings.
     
    Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.
     
  3. Expand Internet Connections for Programs.
  4. Choose a program with Outgoing access.
  5. Click Edit.
     
    Note: To select a new program, click Add then browse to and then choose the program to which you want to add permissions.
     
  6. Under the Access subheading, click the down arrow to display the menu.
  7. Choose Full.
  8. Click the Save button.

Tip: For information on Monitored, Stealth, or Lockdown access, visit the McAfee knowledgebase by clicking Learn more under Security Levels.

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Manage Internet Access 

You can remove program permissions by deleting them from your Internet Connections for Programs list located under Security Levels. If a program attempts to access the Internet, your firewall will treat it as a new program.

Removing certain program permissions may affect the way your computer functions or disturb your network connection. As a precaution McAfee has disabled some programs so they cannot be edited.
1

On the Security Center console, click Firewall, then click Internet Connections for Programs.
 

connections

2

Complete the following steps.

  1. Choose a program on the list that you want to remove.
     

    Warning!: Removing certain program permissions may affect the way your computer functions or disturb your network connection. As a precaution McAfee has disabled some programs so they cannot be deleted.
     

  2. Click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the program permissions.

     
    internet connection

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Manage Network Connections 

You can configure your firewall to manage specific remote connections to your computer.

Remove a Connection

You can remove a Home, Work, Public, or Block connection and its associated IP address. You may want to do this if you created a public network and you know you will not be on that network again. You can also do this if you suspect that one of your home networks has experienced a security threat.
 
Complete the steps below to remove a network connection.

1

Complete the following tasks.

  1. On the Security Center console, click Firewall.
  2. Click Settings.
     
    Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.
     
  3. Click My Network Connections.

network.

2

Choose the IP address of the computer connection you want to remove and click Delete.
 

  1. network addresses
3

When the confirmation dialog box displays, click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the computer connection.
 

remove network

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Edit a Connection

You can edit a Home, Work, Public, or Blocked computer connection and its associated IP address. You may need to do this if you change your home network configuration or if you decide to allow another computer into your home network to access your computer.
 
Complete the steps below to edit a network connection.

 

1

Complete the following tasks.

  1. On the Security Center console click Firewall.
  2. Click Settings.
     
    Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.
     
  3. Click My Network Connections.
  4. Under the IP Address subheading, choose the address you want to edit.
  5. Click the Edit button.

IP address

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  1. Under Edit IP Address, choose one of the following:
    • Single, then enter the IP address in box.
    • Range, then enter the From: and To: IP addresses.
       
      edit IP address
       
      Note: If your computer is on IPv6, choose Range then enter the starting and ending IP addresses, such as From: 192.168.0.1 To: 192.168.0.255.
       
  2. From the Connection Protection Type menu, choose the network type for the computer connection. The following table explains the types:
     
If...Then choose...
The computer connection is part of a home networkHome
The computer connection is part of a corporate networkWork
The computer connection is part of a public network such as an airport or restaurantPublic
You want to block traffic to your computerBlocked

Note: if you want the connection setting to be in force for a period of time, under Rule Expires In: enter the number of days the rule is enforced before it expires. Under Description enter an optional description for the rule.
 

  1. Click Save.

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Add a Location

You can add a Home, Work, Public or Blocked computer connection and its associated IP address to control which computers can access your network.
 
Note: Make sure any computer connection you set up is safe. If you connect to a computer that is infected with a worm or other threat, your computer could get infected as well. Also make sure that all computers you connect are protected by a firewall and an up-to-date anti-virus program.

Complete the steps below to add a network location.

1

Complete the following tasks.

  1. On the Security Center console click Firewall.
  2. Click Settings.
     
    Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.
     
  3. Click My Network Connections.
  4. Under the Add Network Connection subheading choose Single for IPv4 or Range for IPv6.

add a network connection
  
Note: If your computer is on IPv6, enter the starting and ending IP addresses, such as From: 192.168.0.1 To: 192.168.0.255.

2

If you want the connection setting to expire, 

  1. Under Days Before Expiration enter the number of days the rule is enforced before it expires.
  2. Under Description enter an optional description for the rule. 
  3. Click Save.

days before expire

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Ports and System Services 

You can set up a new system service port on your computer that you can open or close to allow or block remote access to your computer. You can also modify the incoming and outgoing network access information for an existing system service port.

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  1. Complete the following steps from the Security Center console.
  2. Click Firewall.
  3. Click Settings.
     
    Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.
     
  4. Click Ports and System Services.
2
  • To add a system service port, click Add
  • To edit an existing system service port, click Edit.

system services

3

Complete the following steps.

  1. Under Add a Service System Port, enter the:
    • Service Name
    • Service Category
    • Service Description.
  2. Scroll down and enter Local TCP/IP ports and Local UDP ports.
     
    port pcs
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Complete the following steps.

  1. Next to Open a port to: choose one of the following from the drop-down menu.
    • PCs in a Home and Work network only
    • All PCs
  2. Click the box next to Yes, at Forward port activity to other computers using Internet Connection Sharing.
  3. Click Save.

Note: For information on Smart Advice and Advanced Settings, Firewall History, Attack Detection and Netguard, visit the McAfee knowledgebase by clicking the Learn more links.
 

open ports to


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