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Manage Firewall Protection With McAfee Security Center

Last Updated: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn to how to set Internet security levels.

Solution

 

What is McAfee Security Center?
 

The Security Center 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 Center.

In this series learn to: 
 

1

Set Security Levels


Note: Knowledge level recommended for this article: Advanced.
 

On the Security Center console click Firewall.

Click Settings.

Note: If you do not see Settings, click Firewall again. Clicking twice displays scan results.

 

firewall settings

2

Click Security Levels.
 

security levels

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

     

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. 

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 edited.

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  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.

connections

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  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.

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

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Manage network connections

 

 

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

1

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.
 

  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.

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  1. Choose the IP address of the computer connection you want to remove.
  1. network addresses
  1. Click Delete.
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.

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  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.

  1. 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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To add a connection

 

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.

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  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, under Days Before Expiration enter the number of days the rule is enforced before it expires. 
 

days before expire
 

Under Description enter an optional description for the rule. Click Save.

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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. 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 Ports and System Services.

Ports

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  • To add a system service port click Add
  • To edit an existing system service port click Edit.

system services

3
  1. Under Add a Service System Port, enter: Service Name, Service Category and  Service Description.

port pcs
 

  1. Scroll down and enter Local TCP/IP ports and Local UDP ports.
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  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
  1. Put a check next to Yes, at Forward port activity to other computers using Internet Connection Sharing.

open ports to
 

  1. 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.

 

Additional Resources

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