Windows 10

Step 1: Open the Control Panel

Step 2: Open Windows Firewall Settings

System and Security settings screen

Step 3: Enable the Firewall

Ensure that both the private and public network firewalls are turned on. We recommend leaving the checkmarks in the notify option as seen below. Once you have selected both, click "OK"

Firewall settings screen

Your firewall will now be enabled.

Windows 11

Step One: Open the Settings Menu

Start by right clicking the Windows icon on your task bar, then clicking on "Settings" from the menu that opens:

The Windows icon highlighted on the Windows 11 taskbar.Settings highlighted in the main Windows 11 menu.

Step Two: Access Windows Security

Navigate to "Privacy & Security", then to "Windows Security" at the top:

Step Three: Check Firewall Status

From here you can see your protection areas of the computer. If you click on "Firewall & network protection" you can see the status of your firewall.

If your firewall is not on you will see it attributed with a red "X" as well as a "turn on" button.

The Turn on button highlighted in the Windows Security screen in Windows 11.

If your firewall is on you should see a green checkmark that looks similar to this:

If it was not, your firewall should be enabled now, or you have confirmed that it was already on!