Typically software that runs to prevent network traffic from reaching a computer. Also a hardware device that works on a network level rather than running on a single computer.

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Why does Microsoft Word need to allow incoming network connections?

When I turn on the Mac firewall I get prompted to allow the MS office apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to accept incoming connections. Why is this, and is it safe to allow it ? I'm running Mac OS ...
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sshdfilter and ipfw - why are my rules flushed so often?

I have sshdfilter setup to maintain ipfw rules when someone is un invitedly trying to login my system. This has been working quite a while. Since a while - beginning to suspect the last lion upgrade ...
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How should I set up the firewall and DHCP with an AirPort Extreme and Lion Server?

I'm trying to set up a network using an AirPort Extreme as a router (connected to the WAN on one end and the LAN on the other). I understand that out of the box I will have a hardware firewall, and ...
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Fixing “a sealed resource is missing or invalid” warning

I've changed the application icon of my Eclipse editor, and this causes a confirm dialog to pop up asking me if I allow the program to accept incoming network connections. I faced this before, but ...
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Questions about how Internet Sharing works

A simple checkbox and a menu allow you to share your internet connection (no matter which interface you get it on) with any other interface (theoretically). But, the guts of this is a little ...
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Is ipfw the same as pf in FreeBSD?

I'm wondering if references referring to pf in FreeBSD are applicable to ipfw in Mac OS X Snow Leopard? I'd like to know to see if it's worthwhile to consult books on pf for use with Mac OS.
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How can I enable DVD or CD Sharing with the Firewall on?

I'm trying to enable "DVD or CD Sharing" in the System Preferences. When I enable it, it says that the Firewall is blocking it. If I go into the Security > Firewall settings, I see that the first item ...
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Is there a way to use different network connections for different apps

At work we have a firewall that prevents certain outbound connections. But I also have a Clear wireless personal hotspot. I would like to use the work connection for normal requests but for certain ...
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Always Asked to Configure Firewall for iTunes

Whenever I open iTunes, I get the standard OS X dialog, Do you want the application "iTunes.app" to accept incoming network connections? Every time I click allow, but I am asked the same thing without ...
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Settings for Firewall and AirPort Extreme Router to Open a Port

I am trying to make ports on my OSX 10.6.5 mbp accessible to the open internet. The only thing I could find in the system firewall was allowing (or disallowing) a particular.app file, but nothing ...
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How to get rid of firewall “accept incoming connections” dialog?

I've accepted this so many times that firewall should already remember it. For example, I get it for Eclipse when starting my java programs in debugging mode ... sometimes this dialog is displayed ...
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How can I restrict Mac sharing services to a specific network/adapter?

I want is to set up a Mac to connect to multiple networks. So far, so good. However, I only want to grant AFP access to users on ONE of the networks, but not the other. How can I accomplish this on ...