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#1 Untouchable J

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 12:13 AM

Can somebody recommend a good site and/or programs to test your firewall, ports, etc. to make sure your pc is fully secured. Thank you.

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 01:20 AM


I've used and highly recommend Shields Up - just click on the link below my signature. Shields Up and the two below will test your ports to ensure your firewall is working properly.

You can also try:


If you're looking for a security scan, Symantec has one, called Security Risk Scan at : http://security.syma...id=ie&venid=sym

Microsoft also has a free program for assessing your computer's security, called the Baseline Security Analyzer, which is at: http://www.microsoft...s/mbsahome.mspx
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#3 Untouchable J

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Posted 26 May 2004 - 03:29 AM

Sorry if this sound like a very noob question but when I tried to do alot of the firewall tests they say that I'm connected through an AOL proxy server and because of that they couldnt get my right IP address which will make this test useless(because it will test a computer other than mines). My question is how can I test my computer without this problem???What would I have to do, etc. Thank you

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Posted 29 May 2004 - 05:37 PM

Hi Jrshaw62

If you are with AOHell, as I understand it, unlike an ISP, which simply gives you access to the net, you don't have a direct connection to the internet. They provide the firewall/proxy system for you, so these scan sites cannot check your PC for open ports, only the proxy's. Not sure if it is at all possible to test the their proxy for open ports. Some OSP/ISP's block some ports and leave others open.

If you can't get round the problem, it may mean only alternative is to change Service Providers.

Edited by Freebird, 29 May 2004 - 05:40 PM.

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:01 AM

For inbound protection, I suppose you might have a TRUSTED friend scan you with various free network tools and report to you the results
Please note that the software I recommend above is entirely based on only my own experience and testing. In no way should my comments,opinions and endorsements be construed as an endorsement by the forum, nor do they reflect the advise or recommendations by the experts or helpers at spywareinfo.

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