opening ports for warcraft

  Belinda 18:38 03 Sep 2007

My son has downloaded warcraft and - without my knowledge - followed their walk-through instructions to configure our firewall to open ports 3724,6112,6881-6999. Is it safe to leave these ports open or do they leave my PC vulnerable to hackers and other ill-intentioned bods? Any advice, please?

(Needless to say, my son will not be allowed access to the firewall settings again!)


  mfletch 18:45 03 Sep 2007


Is Opening Firewall Ports Risky?
Every port you open makes your computer more vulnerable. However, opening a few ports in order to play a game or run a video conferencing application, for example, still leaves your system protected against the most common intruders. When you add a program to Windows Firewall, it only opens the necessary ports when that program is actually running; once you exit the program, the ports are then closed.

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Hope this has put your mind at rest?


  Belinda 19:23 03 Sep 2007

That's helpful, thanks.

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