Here is a link to a secure testing sight, you simply read the introduction page and then click the button labeled as Proceed and there is a table with the services and you click on the buttons to see if your computer ports are in stealth/closed/open.
A Computer Internet port is like a door, some you go out and some you go in. The whole point of Internet security is to block the ports that go in to the computer from hackers. Try this link for yourself and see how protected you are from the Internet, also try not to up every setting before you scan just to see how strong your current protection is.
This site is a "Trusted Site" and has a certificate that states it is a remote computer that hosts this site. You can be 100% sure this will only check Computer Internet Ports and not give you a virus!
Post by Kevin Pringle (R.I.P.) on Mar 15, 2006 1:10:58 GMT
Just to reply to this, the test that is posted is safe and from a reputed site so there is no problem in using this.
However please read the following:
If you have any of these then the test is next to worthless:
A combined modem router with firewall built in. A router with firewall built in. A software firewall such as Zone Alarm or Zone Alarm Pro or another software firewall. A specialist hardware firewall.
The reason for this is that the website is blocked in all the above cases from accessing any ports whether they are open or closed due to them being stealthed (made invisible). The test is implying they are closed because they are stealthed, which maybe not actually be true.
Because of this, it is possible if a port is open that a virus, trojan or keylogger can still transmit data through this open port. At the end of the test there is an option to download an additional program, this is a far better test of your computer and again it is safe.
Post by Kevin Pringle (R.I.P.) on Mar 19, 2006 16:17:32 GMT
I have links to hundreds of very useful site's but the problem is, they are written at levels that many users will find too difficult to understand and end up confusing them. Without being too hard many on here are relative beginners to the net or even computers, as long as they can browse relatively simply, do the odd email and post in the forum then they are contented.
My articles, I have written as simply as possible for this reason. Don't bog people down with jargon or websites that you may understand, because others might not.
I tweak every little bit out of my net connection as it is used for shifting huge amounts of data and for online gaming, but when this isnt required then it's pointless trying to get people to do tweaks etc that an email system wont make use of.