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Can I disable the admin password for firewall alerts?


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Hi,

I am currently on a trial of ESET Smart Security and loving it and thinking about purchasing it, however– the only issue I have so far is that I prefer to have an 'interactive' Firewall (custom ruleset), so it asks me for every app accessing 'outbound' – this is my preferred choice, because then you can be more sure that something isn't “slipping through the net”

The problem is for every pop-up I have to enter my over 20 digit admin password in – which you can imagine is a PITA, and would put me off purchasing it.

Can this be changed so that it doesn't ask for it? I've never had a firewall do this before?

Thanks

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It is not possible to avoid that. Since creation of firewall rules may be potentially dangerous like changing any of the protection settings, saving firewall rules requires elevated administrator rights and entering a password, if set to protect ESET settings.

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Thanks for the quick reply, I wonder why was it that Comodo (nor any other firewalls I've had over 20 years) never asked for the admin password on every request?

ahh well, guess i will have to try something else,

thanks again

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If an adversary gained access to the machine he or she could run applications and allow the communication without entering the password. It's required for security reasons.

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Using a password to access Eset GUI settings is an optional setting and is not enabled by default. Therefore it is assumed you manually set password use.

Using a password to access Eset GUI settings makes the product cumbersome to use where a feature such as Interactive firewall requires frequent access to the GUI. It is your choice here as to whether password use should be disabled or not.

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4 hours ago, Bitz N Bytz said:

I have removed it as it capped my upload to 40Mbps from 110Mbps - soon as uninstalled the speed was back

Please do not mix different questions or issues in a topic but always create a separate topic, if needed.

As for the upload speed issue, we would need to know how you measured the speed; if using various speed meters, by watching the upload time when uploading a bigger file to a specific server with and without ESET installed, etc. Also we'd need to check the installed software and drivers that might possibly affect the speed when installed together with ESET. I'd recommend raising a support ticket for help with further investigation of the issue.

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