- Feb 23, 2002
When I set my Firewall to block all incoming traffic, browsing slows down a great deal, why is that? I read where a regular home user does not need to allow any incoming traffic.
What a second, chief! What you just stated, if you have actuall set it to allow incoming traffic, is not correct. In fact, that setting would partially defeat the whole purpose of the firewall. Before I go on let me point in the right direction for help:I'm now allowing incoming traffic on a few ports: 80,443
Yes, that is true and the excuse used by Sygate is that is the default setting of Windows, but in my opinion that is a poor excuse and is contary to good security. So yes, on install or upgrade you have to go through and manually uncheck Act As Server for all of the applications that are listed in the Applications settings and as new applications are opened that attempt to access the internet. It is the one thing about the program that I hate.By default sygate has allow as server - checked, I didnt know until I clicked on the applications and then advance, I unchecked all of them.
Ok, it probably be useful if you post the rule you created so we could review it. There are two basic approachs to FW rules: Allow-all (allows all packets that are not specifically listed in a rule to be denied) and Deny-all (all no packets except those that are allowed by a rule). Sygate by default is Deny-all FW. This means it will only allow traffic that you have either created a specific allow rule or if it is allowed by your Application settings. Keep in mind the Application settings are really just really general rule sets. Also, when creating your rules remember that Sygate like most rules based firewalls works In Order or the first rule is applied before the 2nd and 3rd and etc. That is why you have the arrow keys on the advanced rules for moving rules that you create to change the order.When I say I allowed incoming traffic, I mean I set up an advanced rule for IE not to allow traffic on TCP ports 0-79,81-109,111-442,444-8079,8081-65535.
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