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Disabling the Mac computer’s built-in firewall

The Mac OS X operating system has a built-in firewall that provides security by limiting or preventing access to your Mac from the Internet.  Sometimes, software firewalls like the one included in Mac, conflicts with the hardware firewall that is built-in with the Belkin router.  In such cases we have to disable the built-in firewall on Mac.
 
This article will show you how to disable the Mac’s firewall.  To learn how, follow the steps below:
NOTE:  If you’re using a third party firewall, contact the developer of the firewall and ask for assistance on how to disable it.

 
Step 1:
Click the Apple icon then select the System Preferences… option.
 
Step 2:
When the System Preferences screen appears, click Security & Privacy.
 
NOTE:  There are some cases wherein the Security & Privacy is locked.  Unlock it by clicking this icon User-added image.  Enter your Mac’s Password on the Password field when the prompt appears, then click Unlock.
 
Step 3:
Under Security & Privacy, select Firewall then click Stop.
 
Your Mac’s built-in firewall should be disabled now.

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