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Easily Configure Firewall & Internet Security of the QuickBooks Desktop

Configure Firewall & Internet Security of the QuickBooks Desktop

In order to work seamlessly with QB, users need to configure firewall and internet security of QuickBooks Desktop. Third party security software and firewall can often block connection for QuickBooks. To allow these connections through firewall and network ports, we must configure all the internet and security settings.

Also, you should update QuickBooks, security software and firewall on your system before beginning with the procedure mentioned below. Further, you may need to contact your network service provider to figure out whether or not they are blocking connection to certain ports that QB needs access to. Once the settings for internet security and network ports is complete, you’ll be able to use QuickBooks seamlessly.

To configure Firewall and Internet Security of QuickBooks Desktop, follow the methods provided below:

Allowing QuickBooks through Firewall Ports

For allowing QuickBooks through firewall, users can use the advanced settings. These settings act as a rule for the particular file they have been set.

Follow the steps provided below to allow QuickBooks through firewall.

  • Log into windows as an administrator
  • Type Windows Firewall with Advanced Security of your computer
  • Click on Inbound Rules
  • Click on New Rule on the left navigation panel
  • Mark the radio button against Program and hit next
  • Select ‘This Program Path’ and browse to the QuickBooks executable (.exe) file. Hit next
  • Select ‘Allow the Connection.’ Click on next.
  • Mark all the options in the next window
  • Type in the name for the rule along with a description
  • Click on finish

When typing in the name for the rule, you should type in a descriptive name that will help you in identifying the rule later.

You need to follow the same procedure in order to set the outbound rules.

Also, add specific ports to exception so that QuickBooks can easily send and receive network requests. Once these rules are set, you can start with the methods defined below.

Antivirus and Other Security Software

You need to include QuickBooks as an exception to your antivirus or other security software. Regular updates to security software can often block network ports needed by QuickBooks. You should add QuickBooks and its ports as an exception in your security software. The procedure to do so will differ for different security software.

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