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If you have Zonealarm or Norton firewall etc...., are you surely free from hackers? 100% safe ?
Originally posted by russ_watters
The best way to protect yourself on the consumer level is with a NAT router. Generally you buy one to share a cable or dsl connection between computers, but purely as a biproduct of how they work, they provide a NEARLY impenetrable firewall. NAT stands for Network Address Translation. Every computer on the internet needs an address - IP address. But if you have cable or dsl, it is often more expensive to get multiple IP addresses for multiple computers. So what a NAT router does is it gives the individual computers IP addresses that are only valid inside their network, but invalid for use on the internet. Then it figures out which computer to send individual packets of data to as it recieves them from the internet. The end result is that all a hacker sees is the router. Since the computers behind the router don't have real IP addresses, they are difficult to access directly through the internet.
I have a dial-up connection at home and I put Zone-Alarm on it, I was amazed at how often it gets hit by various attempts to access my computer (probably just spiders doing casual searches).Originally posted by megashawn
... Mostly what I find such programs usefull for is blocking spam and such.
Originally posted by megashawn
I used to play around with stuff one might consider hacking in my younger years. I never did anything bad, and always tested on myself or friends.
Anyhow, the is a Hackers motto floating around out there, which says that a true hacker is merely interested in info. Most people that are good enough to get past those programs, probably wouldn't hurt you, unless they've got a need/reason.
Also, I imagine the hacking world is declining since hackers are now treated as terrorists. Mostly what I find such programs usefull for is blocking spam and such.
The only way I could think of is if one left the option to wake on lan or wake on ring enabled w/o good reason or proper protection.The absolute only way not to get hacked is to not own a computer. I know of some hackers that can turn on your computer if it's off
Its in BIOS Setup. Generally you get to it by hitting "del" at startup.Originally posted by quartodeciman
option to wake on lan or wake on ring-
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Sure, but how does he do that if he doesn't even know you are online? Thats essentially what a NAT router does for you.but isnt there a virus that a hacker can put on to a system which goes through changing th edefualt settings to allow access for the hacker? im sure there is but as i dont do anything malicious or use virus's alot im not sure on this point
Well, really, the best way to protect yourself is not to put yourself in the line of fire in the first place.Originally posted by russ_watters
The best way to protect yourself on the consumer level is with a NAT router.