Chapter    11

Managing the Firewall

Put simply, a firewall is a network traffic moderator. It uses a set of rules to determine what kind of traffic is allowed in and out of your computer or network. The term is a bit ambiguous, because there are many types of firewalls. In Chapter 10, we discussed the importance of using a firewall to act as a gateway into your network, denying and allowing network traffic on a network-wide basis between your computers and the outside world. This is what we refer to as a hardware appliance firewall.

For the purposes of this chapter, we will discuss the intricacies of the built-in firewall of OS X, the software in your operating system that determines which traffic your computer will accept. This is referred to ...

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