I've got a strange problem here at the moment... since I installed AOL9 (UK version) about a week ago. I originally was using the free Sygate firewall and very happy with it on AOL8. Every port was stealthed. Then after upgrading to AOL9 and running ShieldsUp as my first check... I was dismayed to see port 443 opened up. Anyway... I thought it may be a Sygate/AOL issue and so yesterday I removed Sygate and installed the latest free Zone Alarm firewall, (which I quite like btw) and ran the test again. The very first thing that I had to do of course, was to allow the various apps to go through ZA. Then the first strange thing happened. AOL9 now requires 3 seperate apps to be given net permission (I knew this from Sygate... so was not surprised at this) they are... AOL, AOL Connectivity, AOL TopSpeed. But what did surprise me was this. AOL TopSpeed also wanted server permission, and if it was not given then no websites could be accessed. This was a surprise, because with Sygate, I have now discovered that server permission is given as a default if an app is allowed, and to me this is a bit of a worry, because I always thought it was bad practice to allow any app server rights. Anyway... ran ShieldsUp again... and yep... there it was, port 443 open just like before. I then reran AOL8 through ZA, and it just has the one AOL app needing permission with no server asked for and stealths up every port. So what is going on here with this TopSpeed thing and should I be concerned about this, or is it normal that AOL9 now requires this port open for TopSpeed to work. Problem is... this port is HTTPS so it is for secure banking sites etc.