Why can’t others use your printer?

You are using Windows Vista to share a printer that is directly connected to your computer. However, other people on the network are not able to print to your printer. You can print normally to your printer and to other printers on the network. Which of these options would be the most likely to contribute to this issue?

A) The Windows Firewall is enabled

B) Your anti-virus program is enabled

C) Your anti-spyware program is enabled

D) Your IP addressing is incorrect

E) Your printer just needs some time alone to think about life

The answer: A) The Windows Firewall is enabled

Windows Firewall is a great built-in personal firewall, but it can sometimes cause problems when devices on the network need to access resources on your computer.

Want to know more? Watch “Firewalls and Secure Connections.”

There are a number of important security components that should be part of our normal computer use. In this video, you’ll learn the fundamentals of communicating securely over the network and using the Windows Firewall to protect your computer from attack.