What is a good answer to give to someone when they say..

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by celticfan11, May 11, 2005.

  1. celticfan11

    celticfan11 Moderator

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    But isnt opening a port on my firewall going to leave me vulnrable now?

    they are using a NAT firewall.


    Just curious as to what you guys tell noobs who ask this, when you open some ports for programs for them.
     
  2. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Tell them that opening their car door leaves them open to thieves, but they still have a need to get in and out of it.

    Then ask them if they REALLY need their web browser to access the internet.
     
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  3. Ohzopants

    Ohzopants My mom thinks I'm cool

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    wow, that's a great answer. Seriously.
     
  4. celticfan11

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    haha
    i always say something like. There are 65 thousand ports opening a few wont hurt.
     
  5. lynchknot

    lynchknot Moderator

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    You have a smart car door. It only allows passengers you asked for to get in - er....hopefully.
     
  6. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    and anyways why would someone want to hack a noob, and if he was going to get a virus it would get past a NAT in a router anyways.
     
  7. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Not sure what you guys think of this but my friend always tells me that he doesn't care whether someone hacks into his pc or read his emails so long as they don't f-ing muck up his system. :p
     
  8. celticfan11

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    heh so any serious answers :), as well as humorous of course
     
  9. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    Do you think hackers differentiate? :nervous:
     
  10. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team


    Your door is ajar. :p
     
  11. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Opening a port is only dangerous if whatever is listening to that port behind the router is vulnerable.

    So opening ports for Windows File Sharing (which isn't really that safe) might bad, but opening a port for a well configured web server should be quite safe. Just as long as you are aware that that application is now exposed to the Internet.
     
  12. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    To make the box a spam relay, zombie in a DoS net, ect. ;) Some ISP's are starting to crack down on these and disable ones connection.
     
  13. just to be annoying if they ask you the question just keep on saying "WHAT??!!" and then slap yourself and say stop that
     
  14. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    You can say, "Yeah, technically, thats why we installed this software firewall for you, remember?" and then proceed to do so. :p
     
  15. celticfan11

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    I like this answer. Of course i could say What What, but people may not pay me ever again to fix their pc. :)
     
  16. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Hand them a stupidly over-sized book containing information on TCP/IP, Networking, Internet Protocols, Security, Viruses and Trojans, then say "You can either read this... or trust me and shut up".

    Of course, if they chose to read it, you'll be well out of there by the time they finish anyway :p
     
  17. celticfan11

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    haha great idea speedy i do have many of those thick books