Windows firewall (Windows 7)

A firewall is not the same as an antivirus programme. A firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software (malware) from gaining access to your computer through a network or the internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious software to other computers.

If you are using a machine on the Managed Windows Service then Windows Firewall is enabled by default.  You can check it is enabled by clicking on Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall

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