How To: Disable Firewall (Windows and MacOS)


During Device Setup, you'll see a two info. icons reminding you you to disable your browser's ad-blocker and firewalls. Unlike the above listed browser check and up-to-date Adobe Flash check, these steps are not automatically tested for you and so you'll have to do a manual check (Note: the grey info icon will always remain, even after these both have been disabled).

It is important to complete these steps because firewalls and ad-blockers may can cause connection issues during your video assessment. Please also remember to disable anti-virus softwares, such Norton's or AVG.


How to: Disable Firewall on Windows

1. Open up the "Control Panel" (you can access this from the "Start" Menu).


2. In the "Control Panel" > Click "Windows Firewalls" > "Customize Settings". You can turn off both Private and Public Network Firewalls during your video assessment.


3. Refresh your browser.

For more on Windows Firewall: Click here

How to: Disable Firewall on MacOS

  1. Choose "System Preferences" from the Apple menu.

  2. Click Security or Security & Privacy

  3. Click the "Firewall" tab > Unlock the pane by clicking the lock on the lower left corner > Enter administrator username and password > Click the "Turn Off Firewall" button.

  4. You can click "Advanced..." to customize the firewall configuration.
  5. Refresh your browser.

For more on MacOS Firewall:Click here

Troubleshooting Connection Issues and Firewall:

If you are still experiencing connection problems after disabling your operating system firewall, there may still be a firewall on the network to which you're connected to the internet.

Private/Home Networks:

Check your router's configuration for any firewalls and disable them. Common router firewalls are found under the "Security" or "Firewall" tab in the routers configuration page.

Public/Corporate Networks:

It is likely that the configuration is set by the network administrator, please contact the IT department to find out if the configuration can be changed or if alternate connections can be found. If no changes can be made, please find another network to use.

Note: Don't forget to disable your ad-blockers too. Click here for the guide: "How To: Disable Ad Blockers (Chrome, FireFox, Safari"

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