does windows firewall stop port scans?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by metallicakid15, Feb 20, 2006.

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  1. metallicakid15

    metallicakid15 Registered Member

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    well theres my question
     
  2. Mem

    Mem Registered Member

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    Yes, it blocks inbound like a 3rd party firewall would.
     
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    You don't exactly "stop" a port scan. A port scan will send data to specific ports on your computer, and if your computer replies to them and will allow a connection, the port is "open". If it replies, but doesn't allow a connection, it is "closed". If your computer doesn't respond to the scan, than it is "stealthed".

    So the windows firewall will make you "stealthed" (either stealthed or closed means that your firewall is working properly). Then again, so will almost all the other firewalls ;)

    Alphalutra1
     
  4. metallicakid15

    metallicakid15 Registered Member

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    hehe thanks alpha you also answered your own question in my other thread
     
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    Alphalutra1 Registered Member

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    No problem, I enjoy helping, especially with firewalls :D

    In response to your post in the av forum(thought we should discuss firewalls in the firewall forum ;) ) I recommend Ghostwall and LooknStop if you want light-weight firewalls that are configurable and thus will allow you to tighten your security up once you learn more about how the internet works and what ports are used for what, etc.

    Safe computing,

    Alphalutra1
     
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