sygate scanner ?

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  1. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

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    hi everyone
    i recently installed sygate scanner and today every little while it starts blinking and i click on it and the security log comes up saying ports are being scanned so i click on the number and do a backtrace and check whois and it tells me aol.what does this mean?aol is currently my internet provider--does this mean anything and if so what
    Thank you
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  2. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

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    Hi Rita

    That would just be your firewall blocking unsolicited inbound connection attempts/scans. It is normal to see lots of these and just an indication your firewall is doing what it is supposed to. Nothing to worry about.

    Something to keep in mind is that some types of backtracing will involve contact with the IP you are checking and result in your IP potentially showing up in their logs. Not something most users would want or really need to do. If you want to do this backtracing, you are better off to use an online service for this. A couple of such online services: Sam Spade and Network-Tools.

    That indicates the IP you did the whois querry on falls within a block belonging to AOL and would be associated to one of their subscribers. It is quite common to see numerous scans from other systems within the same subnet (ISP) as you are on in addition to all the others.

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    CrazyM
     
  3. Rita

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    Hello crazy m
    thank you so much for the reply i really appreciate it -you have answered all my questions
    many thanks
    Rita
     
  4. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    This is what my ISP said about port scanning:
    Perils on the Internet

    Unauthorised intrusions such as viruses, port-scanning, hacking and nuking are very real perils in this Internet age, compromising overall online security for Internet users the world over. For example, the recent wave of computer virus intrusions has infected a large number of computers worldwide in a short space of time, causing much inconvenience and instability to the Internet and your computer system.
     
  5. Rita

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    hey nadirah
    i agree with this statement thanks for sharing it
    Rita
     
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