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Windows 7: Sheilds Up...?

22 Apr 2010   #51
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I will have to look through this again when I get home, but I dont know where to find these settings.

I use WPA for a linksys router, but it was installed with a computer that is now long gone.

Can i still change these settings without installing software? by going to the routers "default page"?

I will do this test when I get home. I cant access the internet without the key so I know the thing is set up correctly. I just dont know how to make it more secure or if it is. I am super happy you posted this.


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22 Apr 2010   #52
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
I will have to look through this again when I get home, but I dont know where to find these settings.

I use WPA for a linksys router, but it was installed with a computer that is now long gone.

Can i still change these settings without installing software? by going to the routers "default page"?
Yes, you should be able to get to these settings via the the router's default page. I have not used a Linksys in about four years and I really don't remember the firewall configuration pages.

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I will do this test when I get home. I cant access the internet without the key so I know the thing is set up correctly. I just dont know how to make it more secure or if it is. I am super happy you posted this.
Let us know the results of your test.
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22 Apr 2010   #53
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

It is nice to leave Windows firewall up or run a 3rd party one just to be safe. It also goes to show that a hardware firewall is enough protection if your system is clean from malware and viruses.
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22 Apr 2010   #54
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antharr View Post
It is nice to leave Windows firewall up or run a 3rd party one just to be safe. It also goes to show that a hardware firewall is enough protection if your system is clean from malware and viruses.
You never need more than one firewall running... on the WAN port of the router. Well, unless there's someone on your LAN you don't trust... The packets are dropped by the first firewall they hit... anything beyond that is just a waste of CPU time.

FWIW here's my "Shields Up" report... Router firewall only, all windows firewalls disabled network wide, no Anti-Virus running and now auxiliary firewalls... Nobody's going to connect to this...

Sheilds Up...?-capture.jpg

... no matter how hard they try.


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22 Apr 2010   #55
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

hmmmm I failed. this is what i got:

No open ports, but one was closed. all others green. no responses to ping....pretty good, but what should I do for the closed port?


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23 Apr 2010   #56
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
hmmmm I failed. this is what i got:

No open ports, but one was closed. all others green. no responses to ping....pretty good, but what should I do for the closed port?
Which port is it?
Which program uses that port?
Is it port-forwarded in your router?

i.e. Investigate...
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23 Apr 2010   #57
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Can i still change these settings without installing software? by going to the routers "default page"?
Frankly, I'd suggest you not install the router's software. Use the HTTP interface where you can get at ALL the settings.
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23 Apr 2010   #58
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Thanks CT. I haven't gone to the site as I haven't had time. I wanted to run the test and post it in the least. I will check to see which port it is and whether or not a program is using it.
If I see the port is tied to a program, should I disable the program from using it? or leave it be and consider the fail a false-negative.
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23 Apr 2010   #59
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Can i still change these settings without installing software? by going to the routers "default page"?
Frankly, I'd suggest you not install the router's software. Use the HTTP interface where you can get at ALL the settings.
Some routers use a client program (like my Mikrotik). Usually those with administration clients will have only basic configuration presented in it's web interface.

zzz2496
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23 Apr 2010   #60
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Thanks CT. I haven't gone to the site as I haven't had time. I wanted to run the test and post it in the least. I will check to see which port it is and whether or not a program is using it.
If I see the port is tied to a program, should I disable the program from using it? or leave it be and consider the fail a false-negative.
That depends... Which program is it?
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