Windows Defender Firewall any good ?


  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
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    Windows Defender Firewall any good ?


    I just moved over to Windows 10 & was going to use Win10 Defender because I read that it is way better than it was in Win7. However I just read that the Win10 Defender firewall does not block any outgoing traffic by default.

    With Windows 7 I've been using Norton Security which has a "Smart Firewall" and says it does block outgoing traffic But how does it know what to block? And can I apply these rules to the Win10 firewall?

    I looked at the Norton firewall traffic settings & saw only 2 outgoing Red arrows In fact they were double headed or bidirectional arrows. I'm presuming that indicates Norton is blocking only 2 outgoing things, at least that's my interpretation.

    If Norton has only 2 outgoing traffic rules, is it really much better than Win10 Defender firewall that has none?

    Should I setup Defender firewall to mimic Norton? Or is it worth using some other firewall?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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  2. Posts : 7,116
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #2

    Peruse the advanced settings in Defender firewall and you will see many default inbound and outbound rules. You add additional rules as you wish.
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  3. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    I looked at several "How-To" articles & it doesn't seem to difficult to setup some rules. However comments from people who have done this seem to have problems. Basically they can't get Internet access. The outgoing traffic whitelist seems to be the problem. That it needs more than just a program's name to work. That at least in some cases it needs some other app or part of a program. At least that's my impression.

    If Norton Security blocks outgoing traffic, does it rely on a simple set of whitelist rules that work with all PCs?
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