How to Disable Firewall on Mac

by karen minton I am a software engineer

macOS has built-in firewalls which offer protection from harmful and malicious incoming traffic from the internet or other computer networks. In case you wish to use any third-party application, then you need to disable the firewall. Later on, you can also enable the firewall on your Mac if you are worried about the system security. Here’s how to disable the firewall on Mac.

Steps for Disabling the Firewall on Mac OS X 10.6

•    Press on the Apple menu by going to the taskbar.

•    Choose the System Preferences option.

•    Select the View option.

•    After that, choose the Security option after the System Preferences option start showing on display.

•    Press on the Firewall option.

•    Choose the Stop option so that you can turn off the firewall. You will get the “Firewall: Off” option on the display on top of the stop option.

•    Choose the advanced firewall option in case you wish to modify the firewall before turning it off. Here are the steps mentioned below to complete this procedure:

1.    Press on the Advanced option below the Firewall tab

2.    Insert tick symbol in the “Block all incoming connections” option. You can stop all the connections but do not stop them which are compulsory for the system to work correctly.

3.    These steps stop all the share features like file and folder sharing, screen sharing, that are the functions already have into the “Sharing System Preferences” window.

4.    Insert tick symbol into the “Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections.”

5. In case you wish to permit all the applications to share files and folder over a Network.

6.    Place a mark in the “Enable stealth mode” checkbox to decline the requests from the unauthorized program.

7.    Click on the plus or minus options for adding or deleting particular apps from the Mac firewall.

•    Press on the OK option for saving the changes you had made in settings.

Steps for Disabling the Firewall on Mac OS X 10.5

•    Tap on the Apple menu provided in the top left-hand side of the display.

•    Press on the System Preferences option.

•    Press on the View button.

•    After that, choose the Security option once the System Preferences window starts showing on display.

•    Tap on the Firewall option.

•    Choose the radio option given next to “Allow all incoming connections” checkbox to turn off the firewall.

•    Press on the OK button for applying the change you have made in settings.

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Kellie minton  arrived on the cyber security scene in the early 2000s when virus and malware were still new and slowly evolving. Her longtime affair with writing with an interest in the cybersecurity industry, combined with her IT degree, has contributed to experience several aspects of security suite industry such as blogging at

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