Zone Alarm alerts

  Chartea 17:11 24 Feb 2005

Any advice welcome re zone alarm alerts. Just installed Free Zone Alarm also using AVG virus. Zone alarm alerts every few minutes that some one has tried to enter my computer. Should I be alarmed at this rate.Thanks in anticipation.

Ron T

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:19 24 Feb 2005

Yes you should be alarmed, this shows just how bad the internet is.

However you had the good sense to install Zone alarm and this is now protecting you so no worries.

To stop the alerts and surf in peace click on alerts and logs - main

tick the off box.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:23 24 Feb 2005

You will NOT get hacked on a home computer. Hackers are not interested in the utter drivel that is on mine and everyone else's

Firewalls are useful in stopping Trojans dialling out but to be honest, if someone wanted to put a dialler on a computer, it would not be rocket science. If you are on BB there is no chance of anything dialing out. There are at least 5 programmes that can by-pass firewalls, 'TooLeaky' having the Gibsonmeisters' grudgingly awarded seal of entry. The Cult of the Dead Cows' Back Orifice, cheekily named after Microsoft's' Back Office, could easily be put on a target computer, if one was really trying and the firewall would still be asleep dreaming of bytes.

However, like my computer, most home computers contain utter drivel which is important to the owner but naff all use to the great unwashed. Bank and credit card details can be culled much easier than rooting through turgid files on a home computer. Hacking is NOT about breaking into home computers, it is about getting onto networks using passwords.

The 'alerts/attacks' are merely computers on the net asking your computer if it is still connected; these queries are called 'handshakes'. When you are connected to the net you could be going through many servers and routers. This occurs in a millisecond, so you do not notice. All these routers and servers need to know that your computer is receiving, so that they can send images and WebPages to your IP, which is in effect, your mailbox or receiving station. When on the Net you can pass through more than 20 servers and routers and they could all be handshaking your computer at short intervals. You will notice many of the 'alerts' come from Telecoms, which should come as no surprise as they own most of the routers etc. It is also interesting and miraculous that the 'alerts' disappear when you pay for the *ahem* Pro-Version of a firewall (see Zonealarm;-) ).

If you were being hacked, I can assure you that you would not get an alert.

Turn off all the alert buttons/warnings on your firewall safe in the knowledge that you will not be hacked.

If it is any consolation, I have not used a firewall on both my computers for over 3 years and I am on BB. I use a firewall on my laptop only because I take it to out of respect for their fears....... If you want to use a firewall use one that works silently in the background such as Sygate, kerio unless you are networked onto a huge network, in which case you should be using a hardware firewall and your IT department will be looking after it; there is no point in paying for a firewall.


  Chartea 18:21 24 Feb 2005

Thanks every one for your advice. It is much appreciated
Ron T

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