Zone Alarm and Pings

  misog 12:57 18 Sep 2003

Since I updated ZA to the latest free version it has logged 3555 and still increasing pings.I have stopped it archiving this info as all its doing is filling memory space.Any ideas why the update is causing this.

  misog 12:59 18 Sep 2003

Up to 3612

  Gee Tee 19:46 18 Sep 2003

i have just had 610 alerts in one 30
minute session almost all from my isp
never had this many in previous versions.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 20:06 18 Sep 2003

You will NOT get hacked on a home computer. Hackers are not interested in the utter drivel that is on mine and everyone elses'. Firewalls??.they are useful in stopping Trojans dialing out but to be honest, if someone wanted to put a dialer on a computer it would not be rocket science. 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 Microsofts' Back Office, could easily be put on a target computer, if one was really trying and the firewall would still be asleep. 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 and 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 suprise as they own most of the routers etc.

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 do not use a firewall on both my computers and I am on BB. I use a firewall on my laptop only because I take it to out of respect for their fears.......


  Jester2K II 20:26 18 Sep 2003

"pings" are just servers checking you are there. Normal background noise.....

Switch the firewall on, turn off the alerts, never look at it again except to check its running....

  misog 21:17 18 Sep 2003

This is the second attempt at replying on this thread.
I am being pinged 12 times a minute which is not normal background noise.This means that my pc is never idle and programs like system restore need a idle pc to set restore points. System restore points are only set if I shut down my cable modem as I am on broadband.I would like to know why I am being pinged ,all from my own Isp, so much since updating to ZA 3.7.211

  Jester2K II 21:23 18 Sep 2003

Maybe the new version is just more sensitive to ping traffic.

Ping CANNOT harm your PC - its just a way of saying "are you there??" Thats it.

"This means that my PC is never idle and programs like system restore need a idle PC to set restore points." Does ping REALLY disrupt this?

You are being pined because you are On-line....

Try asking your ISP.

  misog 21:41 18 Sep 2003

I am waiting for a response from my ISP .
ZA has caused me problems with restore points in the past and I have only been able to get points set if I disable ZA. Now it seems I have to shut down my cable modem for restore points to be created.

  Jester2K II 21:45 18 Sep 2003

I can't see how ZA will create more pings from your ISP unless ZA stops the pings from returning then your ISP MIGHT send more to see if you are there - doubt it though....

Can't see why ZA would block ping returns...

  VoG II 21:47 18 Sep 2003

To paraphrase GANDALF <|:-)> don't worry.

Just checked my McAfee log - 7952 ICMP Pings since 5pm yesterday. 7958 now in the timer it took to type 1/2 a sentence.

It is hasmless internet traffic. Turn off alerts and enjoy the internet knowing that you are protected.

  misog 21:54 18 Sep 2003

AND when you have to use system restore you find there is no points set to go back to. I have been there

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