Client firewall named program mode

  • Article ID: 16797
  • Updated: 29 Jan 2012

In the Sophos small business solutions version of the Sophos Client Firewall you can use named program mode to deploy the firewall to your workstations from Sophos Control Center.

Named program mode allows you to individually name the trusted programs on your network. You can subsequently add to this list of programs by running the wizard again (your previous configuration will be added to, not overwritten).

  • Named program mode is more flexible and secure than outbound only mode.
  • Named program mode is less complicated than custom mode.
  • If you need to 'fine tune' your configuration you can move between named program and custom mode.

This mode cannot be used on individual workstations. You will have to use the default configuration (outbound only) or a custom installation.

What to do

  • Before editing your existing firewall configuration you should export it as a backup.

Named program mode can only be run from Sophos Control Center. To access named program mode:

  1. Open Sophos Control Center.
  2. In the left hand pane, select 'Configure firewall'.
  3. In the welcome screen, click 'Next'.
  4. In 'Enable firewall', ensure that 'Turn on firewall (recommended)' is selected.
  5. Click 'Next'.
  6. In 'Protection type', select 'Custom settings'. (The 'Factory settings' option uses outbound only mode.)
  7. Click 'Next'.
  8. In 'File and print sharing', ensure that 'Allow file and print sharing' is selected. This must be present to allow updating over a local network.
  9. Click 'Next'.
  10. In 'Rules for network traffic', select 'Block inbound and outbound traffic'.

Many of these options will already be selected when you access named program mode on subsequent occasions.

To edit your configuration:

  1. Click 'Trust'.
  2. Click 'Add' to add an application.
  3. Browse to the required application.
  4. Click 'Open'. The selected application will be added to the list.
  5. Click 'OK' to close the applications dialog.
  6. In 'Rules for network traffic', click 'Next'.
  7. Click 'Finish' to save your configuration.

To edit this configuration further, run 'Configure firewall' again.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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