Answered By: Meried Belete
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2016     Views: 16

A firewall is a network security system that controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on a set of rules. It acts as a barrier between a trusted network and other untrusted networks and websites.

  • UWL resources are protected by a firewall. However, accessing resources from any of the university campuses will not be affected by this as all UWL PCs are within       University’s IP range that ensure access from any PC on university’s network.
  • Your home PC’s local firewall setting or, if you are using a computer that is            protected by a firewall from institutional network, other institutions’ firewall setting may cause access problem that results in connectivity error, depending on firewall setting.
  • A number of error messages may come up as a result such as “connection failure”, “Access denied” or some other error messages. You can modify/customize the firewall setting to allow the networks/resources you need to access on your PC or laptop, change notification settings, or turn Windows firewall on or off. This can be done by opening Control Panel and clicking on System and Security and then Windows Firewall tab. You may not need to change your Windows Firewall settings as most personal PCs/laptops do not by default have local firewalls configured and may allow access to the UWL e-resources. However, if you need help with configuring your Windows Firewall, you can contact IT help Desk

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