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Security Question



I am on cable connection. Can anyone hack in my computer if I do not have any drive or folder shared?

What about if I do not have file and printer sharing enable.

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
I believe they can but xp's own firewall should keep them out. Go to your network settings/your isp/right click/properties to turn it on.


No offense Gus but GRC is a very overated website. The truthfull answer is yes you are prone to attack. if you are connected to the internet in anyway you are at risk. Even the most secure networks are at risk. Should this discourage you from connecting to the net? No. Should you use some sort of protection. Yes. Windows XP firewall will keep most script kiddies out of your computer. Other programs such as Zonealarm and Sygate will also let you know what programs on your PC are trying to connect to the internet. This can help prevent trojans from giving access to your computer. If nothing else at least turn on XP's firewall. It costs you nothing and will cause no harm.


XP's firewall is a joke. It can not control programs on your computer that are sending information out. (trojans, virus) Zonealarm is free and there are others. Get a firewall!
Computer security is in fact, for all machines connected to the Internet, a matter of degree. By that I mean that if you machine is responsible for processing credit card details for thousands of retailers you will need to spend in excess of $100k on security alone for each connection. If you are a single user using a 56k dial-up network via an ISP where your IP address is allocated dynamically, a software firewall and up-to-date anti virus programme will do just fine.

This does not mean that you will be “safe” you will be “safeish”

No professional “hacker” is going to bother to break into your machine as there are no immediate rewards for the hours spent. Trojan horses (most) can be blocked by just about all Firewalls. Viruses however are starting to become much cleverer that the software to detect them, I’ve even heard of some well known companies downloading (active new) viruses with their virus weekly updates as that’s now the best delivery system if you can crack their security.

As a general rule don’t store anything on any machine with any type of connection to any type of network, that you don’t want anyone else to see, use a stand-alone machine inside a Faraday cage.

Anything can be “hacked” given the time and resources.

Gus K

NTFS abuser
Lo brother Rabid,

Calling a small portion of his site 'interesting reading' does not exactly constitute an 'overrating'. I understand that it is very fashionable, these days, to knock Gibson. Too bad.


I understand that it is very fashionable, these days, to knock Gibson.
Not bashing Gibson just to bash him. He is not a security expert. His degree is in marketing which he has used to promote himself very well.

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