To support Firewalla key features like cybersecurity protection and parental control, the little red box analyzes network traffics and raises alarms to notify user with related activities, such as:
- Connecting of new device
- Possible cyber attacking
- Abnormal uploading
- Playing game
- Watching video
- Accessing adult content website
- Connecting to VPN Server *Beta Feature
However, not all users care for the same thing. Therefore, the App provides knobs for user to turn on/off Notifications or Alarms that interest them.
Tap on "Tuning" icon on the top right corner of alarm UI to enter Alarms Settings Page.
There are 3 choices for each type of activity.
- Send Both Alarm & Notification
In this case, Alarms will be generated and App Notifications will be sent when related activity is detected.
- Send Alarm Only
In this case, Alarms will be generated when related activity is detected, but no App Notification will be sent.
- Mute All
No alarm will be generated when related activity is detected.
Under "Specific Setting", you can specify a list of devices or destinations that you want to mute, Firewalla will not generate any alarms on specified devices and destinations for this type of activity.
*NOTE. We redesigned the interface about "Allowed" rules in the latest release of Firewalla app. All the "Allowed" rules are moved from "Rules"-> "Allowed" into "Specific Setting" -> "Mute" under each alarm category. This is a correction of our old confusing logic -- "Allowed" rules are really not explicitly allowing any domain, they just prevent the system from generating any alarm on it, since all traffic are allowed by default.
Alarm Handling - Allow:
Under the alarm that you want to Allow, tap "Allow" button. Determine whether to allow for one time only, a specific domain, or a certain kind of activity, then tap on the choice.
Note that "Allow" a kind of activity will create a new rule under specific setting in the Alarm settings.
For example, if you choose to "Allow Chris' Laptop to access *.googlevideo.com", Firewalla will generate a specific mute rule in Alarm Settings -> Video Activity, which results no alarm will be generated and sent when Chris' Laptop access *.googlevideo.com.
Alarm Handling - Block:
The "Block" button on alarms UI means, based on the alarm details, you determine it is unsafe to access the site, you want to block it for future access.
Under the alarm that you want to Block, tap "Block" button. Determine whether to block for one time only, a specific domain, or a certain kind of activity, then tap on the choice.
By blocking an access, Firewalla will generate a rule to the little box for determining how to handle similar activities when it shows up again.
To review them on Rules page, learn more about Rules.
Alarm Handling - Detail:
If you need more help on this alarm, just click the alarm once. It brings up an alarm detail page, more information related to the alarm can be seen here, such as site registration, location of the server, previous 6-hours data transfer between your device and that site, and even Firewalla intelligence service suggestion regarding to this transfer.
Alarm Handling - Archive:
When you choose to Allow or Block a type of activity, all matched existing alarms will be saved in "Archived Alarms", which can be found at the bottom of alarm list.