Several years ago when I went searching for a firewall, this was the question that was most confusing to me. How do I know when to allow or block something? I literally searched for weeks, installing this firewall and that firewall to read the complete help files. It was all so technical...the talk about ports, packets, TCP, UDP, special rules etc.
Finally in Sygate's manual it said, if don't think you did anything (clicked to open a website or do something else online) then say "NO", at least temporarily.
That automatically puts that action in "Ask" mode so if it ever comes up again and you realize yes, I did need this after all, you can say 'yes' the next time and tick the "remember this from now on button" Or... if it's something bad and keeps bugging the heck out of you, then you can say "no" and "remember".
Sygate won't bother you about that one anymore, either way. It'll just do its job.
You can also go in the Applications list and make changes there. And if you've totally forgotten why an application is in the Sygate list, you can always delete it. Sygate will catch it again the next time around (if there is one) so you can figure out what it was. That's particularly helpful if some Windows Services are a bit confusing, or you find yourself unable to do something online you know you should be able to do.
This site might help clear up some things about how to use Sygate:http://www.kotiposti.net/string/SPF_eng/SPFGuide.html
Edited by mommabear, 29 March 2008 - 03:05 PM.