When setting up Online Armor, there are some considerations that you will want to keep in mind.
Choosing your mode - Standard or Advanced
Online Armor has two modes of operation to suit the needs of different types of users:
Standard mode is the easiest way to use Online Armor, and should suit most users. When you are using Online Armor in Standard mode you will only see one pop-up from the Firewall asking you to Allow or Block an Unknown program from accessing the internet. The Firewall pop-up does not contain any extra information about how a program accesses the internet; it only asks you whether you want to allow it or not, and then Online Armor handles the rest.
Advanced mode is for more advanced computer users that wish to exercise more control over programs. Switching to Advanced mode opens up new options for the Firewall in the Online Armor Control Panel, and adds additional information to Firewall pop-ups about the addresses, port, protocol, and country of the connection being made. The File and Registry Shields also become available in Advanced Mode.
Any configuration changes made in Advanced mode will still function while in Standard mode; they will simply be hidden in the Online Armor Control Panel.
Online Armor at Home, Office, or on a Laptop
The Online Armor Firewall has an option in the Firewall Settings, in the Rule tab under the Interfaces sub-tab, to Trust your network interface. When an interface is Trusted, any connections to your computer from your local network will be allowed without restriction.
If you are using Online Armor on your home computer, and computers in the house do not connect to one another to access folders or printers on those computers, then you can safely remove the check from the Trusted box without any further configuration. If you do have such a network in your home, you may wish to Trust the network interface to make network access as trouble-free as possible.
If you are using Online Armor on your office computer, then you will want to un-Trust your network interface to block unwanted connections (including any potential intruders to your office network) but you will want to trust individual computers to access network resources at the office. You can do so by switching to the Computers sub-tab in the Firewall Settings and selecting which computers to Trust.
If you run any server applications that you wish only to be accessible by computers on the LAN, then you will want to edit any firewall rules allowing incoming connections to include endpoint restrictions (available in Advanced Mode only).
When Online Armor is used on a computer that is connected to a wireless network, you will want to un-Trust your network adapter to prevent outside computers from accessing your computer.
If you are using Online Armor on a laptop, then you will want to un-Trust your network adapters appropriately as you go from place to place. You will want to be conscious of what type of network you are connected to.