BullGuard Help

Firewall Module Overview

BullGuard Firewall

A firewall will prevent any unauthorized access to your computer or reject unrequested connections.


Firewall overview window
Once BullGuard is installed, the Firewall can be accessed from the Main overview window - a shortcut to the Firewall Settings section where you can make adjustments to the module if you want to. Alternatively, click on the Firewall icon in the bottom half of the application interface.


 Firewall is active/inactive
Shows whether the Firewall is enabled or disabled.
 Application rules
Provides quick access to the Application rules tab where users can manage the list of applications that need to connect to their network.
 Banned host
Shows any IP addresses currently blocked by the Firewall due to an attack and allows you to add or remove IPs to the banned list.
 Network activity
Shows the list of processes currently using the network.
 Firewall log
Displays an interactive table with all the network events logged by the module.
 Firewall settings
Provides you with an advanced configuration option for the Firewall allowing you to open ports, create IP rules or edit the Firewall overall security level.




About Firewalls

A computer without an active Firewall can be attacked within the first minute of exposing it to a public network, such as the internet.

For a long time viruses were the main concern in terms of computer security. That has changed, and nowadays, having only Antivirus software installed is simply not enough to ensure a decent security level for the computer. All you need is one unprotected computer in a network and the security of every single computer in that network can be compromised, jeopardizing data privacy, system/network stability and personal information safety.

A firewall will prevent any unauthorized access to your computer or reject unrequested connections. Working together with the Antivirus software it will drastically increase the security level for the computer. Unfortunately, as it is not possible to ensure 100% safety for a computer connected to a network at this moment, it is vital to keep both  the security applications and all other software applications on your computer up-to-date. Up-to-date software and  common sensical risk awareness is the best way to minimize any risks related to being connected and will greatly reduce the possibility of being the target for network attacks.

Hardware Firewalls
Devices that are specifically built for network traffic filtering. They range from external devices or are incorporated within routers or even computer motherboards. They need specific software installed on the user’s computer which will allow the computer user to configure applications, port or protocol exception lists or to customize the way in which the traffic filtering works.

Software Firewalls
Software installed on the user’s computer that will perform the same traffic filtering as an external Firewall, but without having a physical component.

BullGuard’s software Firewall is integrated into an Internet Security suite which provides comprehensive protection and contains:

Antivirus and Antispyware
- that will help protect your computer from viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware or adware.
Firewall
- which will prevent your computer from being subject to network attacks, and provides you with a means to manage the applications connected to the network.
Spamfilter
- that will filter e-mails and keep your inbox clean.
24/7 Support
– our Live Chat Support which will provide you with answers to any questions pertaining to BullGuard functionality or security issues.

BullGuard Firewall. Main characteristics

The Firewall engine operates as a separate system service that allows you to have the Firewall operational even though the BullGuard application is not actually running, to secure the computer against network attacks. Thus, users will be protected against network attacks at all times.

The BullGuard Firewall features a reliable ‘intrusion detection system’ designed to protect the computer against network attacks. It also provides you with an application management system through which you can decide which programs may use their internet connection. The intrusion detection system provides protection against most types of network attacks and, when needed, can be altered to either increase or decrease the security level according to your needs.

The Firewall has access to a ‘Known Applications’ list for most Windows processes and commonly used applications. It will use this list to determine which applications to trust and automatically connect to the internet.

Adapting the Firewall to almost any type of network is possible through advanced customizations.

Support is available 24/7. The Live Chat Support is included within the application itself, and the BullGuard Support Team will provide you with all the help you want.