Should You Trust a Network

Should You Trust a Network

By Terry Stockdale for TerrysComputerTips.com

When connecting to a network while running Windows 7 or Windows 8 – you will be prompted with an option to Trust or Not Trust a Network.–PC Pitstop.

What does it mean to trust a network?

When you connect your computer to a network, at least one dialog box should open warning you if you’ve never connected to that network before. If you’re running Windows 7 or later, you should get two separate queries.

The first dialog box to open should be from your firewall program. If it’s doing its job, it should identify that the IP addresses on the network and/or the MAC address of the switch or router to which it is connected, are different than it has seen before.

At that point, it should open a dialog box to warn you that you’re connecting to a new network. That dialog box should also ask you if you want to trust that network. At this point, you should have to respond to the firewall program’s dialog box before the firewall will allow any communications inbound to your computer or outbound from the computer.

With a firewall program, the options are typically Trust the Network or Do Not Trust the Network.

So, what’s the difference? — Article continued here

This post is excerpted with the permission of Terry’s Computer Tips.

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One thought on “Should You Trust a Network

  1. The link included with “With a firewall program, the options are typically Trust the Network or Do Not Trust the Network.
    So, what’s the difference? — Article continued here” does NOT point to information about “the difference” — instead, it points to ”

    http://www.terryscomputertips.com/computers/add-windows-7-administrator-tools-to-start-menu/

    which is not very helpful at all; in fact, it has nothing to do with the network question.
    Tsk.

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