Sygate Personal Firewall

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by ukmitch, Jul 25, 2003.

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  1. ukmitch

    ukmitch Registered Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    I am using Sygate PF in Windows 98SE.

    What is that makes MSMSGS so persistent in its attempts to send UDP packets on the net, via port 1900?

    Just what is it trying to send and am I right to block it?

    Also WMP is a pain and, as I assume it is trying to send usage data back to M$ through port 80, I also have it blocked by my Sygate firewall.

    Is this ok?

  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    Windows/MSN Messenger is a pretty powerful (maybe complex is a better word) application when it comes down to it. It can communicate in many ways to accomplish many functions. Since some of these functions require detailed network accesses, the msmsgs program uses Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for things like communicating with compatible routers to open the ports it needs, on a temporary basis, to allow those functions to work.

    As with all things related to security, if you are getting the access and functions that you want when you block all these packets in your firewall, then continue to block them. (Only grant the accesses you really need in order to make the functions you want to use work properly.)

    As with the above, if you get the functionality you want from the media player when you block it, then keep on blocking. I have a total block rule setup for the Windows Media Player on my system as I only use it to play local files.

    Best Wishes,
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